a common type of arthritis that has to do with excess uric acid in the body, usually
affects the joints of the feet. The affected joint can be painful and stiff,
which sometimes could be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities.
Lifestyle measures, changes in diet for example, are required to help soothe
the flare-up. How about exercise? Should you keep active or stay off your feet
story starts when you have too much uric acid in your bloodstream. Uric acid is
a waste byproduct from (1) your own body mechanism (the destruction of old,
damaged cells) and (2) the metabolism of purines, a substance found in foods.
time excess uric acid may form deposits of microscopic, needle-like urate
crystals that accumulate in the body somewhere. The body marks these crystals as
a foreign subject. As a result, infection fighting cells like white blood cells
are sent to the affected area, and inflammation occurs. The inflammation is
usually also followed with other symptoms such as swelling, redness, tenderness,
and warmth (heat).
gout affects the feet. Excess uric acid from the bloodstream is likely to
accumulate in the feet, especially in the joint of the big toe. This is not
always easy to explain, but gravity may have a role. Gout is also quite common
to be found in the knee and ankles. Sometimes it may affect fingers, elbows, hip,
and heels (see also gout in the heel).
suggests that gout is not only about swelling in the big toe. It can also
affect many other joints of the body. At its advanced stage, it can affect more
than one joint at a time.
plays a key role to control your uric acid level. A number of foods are high in
purines, for examples; saturated fats (e.g. red meat, organ & glandular
meats), alcohol, shellfish, and a few vegetables (e.g. spinach and asparagus). If
you eat them a lot, this will boost your number much higher than normal.
in diet can help control the uric acid production in the body. But other
lifestyle measures are also important! Exercise, for example, is also vital. It
is one of other important pillars to deal with arthritis, including gout.
it’s also important to understand when and how to exercise with gout. It’d
better to work with your doctor for more guidance. Sometimes medication is
necessary if lifestyle measures are not enough to treat and control the disease.
few medications for treating another condition may also have an effect on your flare-up.
For instance, diuretics for treating hypertension! Diuretics can reduce the
amount of fluid in the body, causing the buildup of uric acid crystals more
seems that a number of factors can affect your treatment plan. With the
combination of appropriate strategies — diet low in purines, maintain a
healthy weight, regular exercise, and medications (if necessary) — your gout
is likely more controllable instead of relying on diet alone.
flare-up, the affected joint can be so painful. It usually also become swollen,
red, tender, and very stiff in the morning. In such case, you’d be willing to
do anything to get rid of the flare-up quickly. How about exercise?
depends on your situation. If there is a gout inflammation in your feet, excess
physical activity with the affected joint could be counterproductive.
Exercising an inflamed joint would prolong the inflammation, worsen your gout
symptoms, and make the flare-up take longer to go away. In such case, all of
your efforts should be focused toward soothing the inflammation, take a rest!
Meanwhile, ice/cold applications may help. You may also need anti-inflammatory
medications to get rid of the inflammation more quickly.
long it takes for the inflammation to relieve can vary. But in general, it
lasts for several days, probably about 3 to 14 days.
this period of recovery, you need to take good care of the affected joint. But
gently moving it through its full range of motion, do this carefully, would
sometimes be effective to prevent stiffness .
exercise is recommended to help re-establish the affected joint and restore the
strength of the muscles around the joint. Start with easy & low-impact,
range-of-motion exercises. Progress slowly and gradually to allow your body get
used to the program.
long term, regular exercise would provide lots of benefits. These include
increasing muscle strength, improving your joint flexibility, good for your
cardiac fitness, and important for your endurance. What’s more, it is a good
way to keep your weight healthy and promote an improved sense of well-being.
it’s also important to understand what ‘good’ and ‘bad’ things when you
exercise with arthritis. Here are few things to remember: