Gout can be painful and disruptive to your daily activities. If you are an avid exerciser, you may worry if gout will get in the way. However, unless you are in the middle of an active flare up, you should still be able to exercise. Generally, regular exercise can mitigate the symptoms of gout by helping you maintain a healthy weight, which reduces pressure on the joints, and by lowering the levels of uric acid in your blood. However, during a gout flare up, it is best to rest, as gout flare ups tend to be extremely painful. Resting keeps excess pressure off of the joints in your feet, which can reduce inflammation and pain. After a gout flare up, it is suggested that you ease back into exercising slowly by doing aquatic or low impact exercises and stretching. For more information about managing gout, please consult with a podiatrist.
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. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a 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.
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