Since 2008, wages have been consistently below the rate of inflation in Britain and since the global financial crisis occurred, Britain’s poverty level has been a discussion of great debate. According to the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), there is a relationship between the poverty in Britain and the return of gout. There has been poor wage growth and increased food prices, citizens just cannot afford the food they need. “It is a condition we believed should have died out,” said John Middleton of the FPH. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food.” Goutcan be characterized as a type of arthritis that can be caused by obesity and a diet rich in chemical compounds called purines found in foods such as sardines and liver.

Gout can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and careful eating habits. If you are suffering from the effects of gout, see one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle.Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Massachusetts. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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