Study Shows Vitamin C Does Not Treat Gout

GoutNew Zealand’s University of Otago’s Prof. Lisa Stamp held an eight-week study that monitored gout patients and their Vitamin C intake. According to the results, Vitamin C did not help lower urate levels to a ‘clinically satisfactory degree’.

“Though Vitamin C may reduce risk of developing gout, our data does not support using Vitamin C as a therapy to lower uric acid levels in patients with established gout,” Prof. Stamp commented. While Vitamin C may still help to lower the risk of developing gout, it is not a viable treatment for the disease.

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

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 of them to recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  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.

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

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