British FPH Report Links Gout Occurrences to Financial Troubles

The combination of low wages and inflated food prices has paved a gateway for gout and other Victorian-era diseases in England. The report, conducted by the British Faculty of Public Health (FPH), an organization representative of doctors and health workers in the country. “It is a condition we believed should have died out,” John Middleton of the FPH said. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food.”

 Since 2008 wages have been below the rate of inflation leaving Britain’s poverty during the global financial crisis a topic of great debate. Gout is caused by obesity and diet rich in chemical compounds called purines that can be found in foods like sardines and liver.

Gout can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and careful eating habits. If you are suffering from the effects of gout, see podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

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. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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