Gout no laughing matter
"I have put my hand on some patients’ sore feet and then had to practically peel them off the ceiling”.Dr Tom James
“It shouldn’t be joked about. The classic inflamed swelling of a big toe joint for example is anything but funny. I have put my hand on some patients’ sore feet and then had to practically peel them off the ceiling”.
Dr James said some patient’s ankles and feet are particularly badly affected, and when they are having an attack they can’t bear any weight on them.
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden and very severe attacks of pain and swelling in the joints. Although gout has commonly been associated with rich foods and alcohol there is now a clearer understanding about its causes, which include a genetic predisposition to high uric acid levels especially in Māori and Pacific people. However, both diet and maintaining a healthy weight play a role in reducing the risk of gout attacks.
Dr James is throwing the spotlight on gout this month ahead of a visit to Gisborne from, Arthritis New Zealand Educator Robyn Tuohy. Her All About Gout presentation will be at Three Rivers Medical (head upstairs and turn left), Wednesday 5 August, 5pm-7pm. You do not have to be a patient of Three Rivers Medical to attend.
Dr James says gout is the second most common type of arthritis in New Zealand and he encourages sufferers, and anyone who supports a family member with gout, to come along and find out more about what causes it and how to manage the condition.
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