Cherries or its Extract May Provide Relief from Gout

June 16, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

Arthritis and Rheumatology recently published a study suggesting that cherries can reduce attacks of gout for chronic sufferers. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis characterized by an overproduction and crystallization of uric acid, which causes episodes of swelling and severe pain in joints.  Anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used to alleviate symptoms, but perhaps cherries can provide a more natural form of management.

The study monitored the gout attacks and medications of over six hundred patients throughout the span of a year, and created two-day control periods where subjects consumed either cherries or cherry extract.  Researchers concluded that both cherries and their extracts reduced the risk of a gout attack within the next two days by thirty five percent.

Gout attacks are quite painful, and while there is no cure they can be managed if given proper attention.  If you are struggling with gout or any other form of foot or ankle arthritis, see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide the podiatric care that you need. 

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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