Despite popular opinion, what you eat is not one of the direct causes of gout. Some people can eat certain foods and drink beer and never have a problem. Others end up with excruciating pain and swelling in their big toe or elsewhere. Since they cannot process the purines in some foods properly, they have an attack.
Gout is actually caused by excess uric acid in your system. A few who suffer from this painful condition actually produce too much of this acid for some reason. In the rest, the kidney does not adequately remove the extra acid from their system. Thus, when they eat a trigger food, the acid builds up to high levels and forms tiny urate crystals in their joints—usually the big toe, but also the ankle and elsewhere. They can also be more prone to developing kidney stones.
Weight control, controlling blood pressure, limiting alcohol, and drinking water can all help prevent an attack. For more info or help dealing with a flare, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler—Phone (480) 963-9000 and Fax (480) 963-0375—or Gilbert—Phone (480) 981-1800 and Fax (480) 981-0229 .