10 Things Your Feet Say About Your Health

Enlarged, painful big toe

It could be: What you ate. Gorged on wine and steak? The painful aftermath could be gout, a type of arthritis that usually affects the joint of the big toe. (Here are some natural remedies for the pain and swelling.) Foods high in purine, a chemical compound found in red meats, fish, and certain alcohol, can trigger an attack by raising levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is normally excreted through urine but is overproduced or under-excreted in some people.

“You’ll see the deposition of the uric acid in the joint, most commonly the big toe or the ankle,” says Bob Baravarian, DPM, a podiatric foot and ankle specialist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “The patient will wake up with a hard, red, swollen joint. It’s extremely painful.” A doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for short-term relief and suggest a low-purine diet for long-term prevention.

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Reddit
Delicious
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

READ NEXT

11 Secrets To Stop Aging Skin

The aging process of our skin is in a way or another, a delicate subject to many of us. While we are more than conscious that at some point we’re

8 Important Things Probiotics Can Do

Probiotics are live micro-organisms that support healthy populations of bacteria in your digestive tract. When the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut is off, you can develop

8 Reasons You Are Always Bloated

Sometimes it comes from excess air trapped in your digestive tract. Other times it feels like a basketball is stuck in your abdomen, or your entire midsection has been flooded

These Are the Best Activities for Osteoarthritis

If you’re living with osteoarthritis, chances are the pain, swelling, and stiffness may have limited your activities and fitness routine over the years. This “wear and tear” form of arthritis

6 Super-Foods for Gaining Healthy Eyes

Broccoli It can keep heart and cancer disease at bay, but it can also protect your eyes. Broccoli has nutrients that can reduce the problems related to macular degeneration and

7 Things That Happen When Your Heart Stops Beating

Your heart may be racing or slowing Aside from ventricular fibrillation, other abnormal rhythms that can cause the heart to stop pumping blood include ventricular tachycardia, which is marked by

What to do Every Day for a Stronger Heart

Indulge Your Avocado Obsession A recent study found that regularly eating avocado helped improve cholesterol, increasing levels of HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and lowering levels of LDL cholesterol (the

Effective Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Cut back on sugar and refined carbohydrates Many scientific studies show that restricting sugar and refined carbohydrates can help you lose weight and lower your blood pressure. A 2010 study

Scroll to Top