Do you suffer from gout? Also known as podagra when it affects the big toe, gout is an all-too-common condition that’s characterized by inflammation of the joints. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), an estimated 6 million adults in the U.S. ages 20 and older have reported experiencing gout at least once in the past year. But relief may be right around the corner in the form of chiropractic treatments. To learn more about and how a professional chiropractor can help, keep reading.
While each and every case is different, gout usually occurs in the big toe. People who experience podara report severe pain an inflammation in their big toe, often to the point where they are unable to walk and move freely. This can restrict their normal daily activities, forcing individuals to stay sedentary rather than moving around. Gout can attack other joints in the body, however, including the knees, fingers, hands, heels and wrists.
Doctors attribute gout to excessive buildups of uric acids within the joints. Uric acid is a byproduct of protein that’s passed through the body. Normally, our bodies produce small amounts of uric acids, which is flushed through our systems. In some cases, though, uric acid will build up and even crystallize within the joints, causing them to swell to the point where it causes excruciating pain and discomfort.
If you suffer from gout, you should first analyze your diet and nutrition. The general consensus is that roughly 12% of all cases involve poor diets, attesting to the need for a healthier and more nutritious diet. Diets that are high in sugar, sodium, red meat and alcohol may increase your risk of gout; therefore, it’s recommended that you limit your consumption of these items. Taking a daily vitamin C supplement may also help to curb the affects of gout.
If you suffer from gout, schedule an appointment with your local chiropractor. While there’s no known cure for this condition, a chiropractor can often help to relieve the pain and associated symptoms. If gout has attacked your knees, for instance, he or she may perform a light tissue massage/manipulation to reduce the inflammation.
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