Gout. Not a word that rages in the forefront of your mind these days, is it? A word that until recently I associated with a an odd ailment in the novels I read. Specifically, romance novels. You know the ones, where the Lord of the manor is sitting in his chair at the high table with his leg propped up trying to relieve the pain in his foot. Did you know that it’s a form of arthritis? Tends to start in your big toe. It can affect other joints as well, but for some odd reason likes the big toe. Sharp pain, redness, tenderness, swelling. Ouch!
And we all know diet is the biggest contributor. Know what is the #1 cause of gout? Beer. Bummer, huh? Ben Franklin said “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy”. So what is gout proof of? That one may take several pitchers of beer to figure out. There are lots of resources out there to help you with your diet to combat gout. As with most of the advice we give on this site, it follows a common theme: seek out the experts. We all have our area of expertise, mostly what we practice at work. So give the medical community their chance to practice their expertise and help your feet.