Gout Affects More Men than Women

This month we recognize as Men’s Health Month. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, that gives us a chance to highlight a podiatric condition whose highest risk category is men between the ages of 40 and 60: gout.

Gout Defined

Although most patients may be familiar with the telltale symptoms of gout—excruciating pain, tenderness, swelling and heat in the toe joint – what’s causing those symptoms may be more of a mystery. In the simplest terms, gout occurs when there is an excessive amount of uric acid in the body which accumulates in the joint and then crystallizes. Although uric acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of purines, a chemical found naturally in the body and certain foods, some people either produce too much, have difficulty eliminating an excess, or both. Uric acid is affected by cooler temperatures. The big toe, being the farthest place away from the heart, is the most frequent site of gout.

Risk Factors

There are several causes of gout. The tendency for this disorder is often inherited. Other factors that increase your risk for developing this disorder include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Certain medications and vitamins

The Role of Diet

Eating foods that contain high levels of purines, if you are susceptible to gout, can trigger an attack. For this reason, men (and women) who have suffered from gout are often counseled to limit or avoid red meat, organ meats (like liver and kidneys), shellfish, red wine, and beer.

Symptoms of a gout attack can take 3-10 days to go away. If you believe you are experiencing gout, it’s important that you make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine your feet and get a complete medical history. The foot doctor may also order tests to rule out other causes of joint inflammation. Once the source of your pain is confirmed, the right treatment plan will be prescribed.

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At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we would always rather see our patients on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with lower extremity pain and discomfort.

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Foot Health Tips for Seniors

It’s May and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re celebrating our senior patients in honor of Older Americans Month. In our practice, we serve patients in all age groups and each has its own particular foot health care needs.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself...

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.

Hot Feet in Cold Weather?

Do your feet feel like they are on fire? And the rest of your body is cool or, in this weather, even cold? While it may seem like a glitch in your body’s system, there are reasons why you may have burning feet.
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