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Do you get a gout flare when the weather changes?
The climate plays a big role for us gout sufferers especially when it’s hot and humid which can lead to dehydration and triggering a gout attack. When your body is depleted of fluids through perspiration, you can suffer recurrent gout attacks so it is imperative that you drink a lot of water when the humidity index is high. There are also many gout sufferers who have reported that they get gout attacks in the fall and when seasons change. After an extended period of time where the temperature is stable at a certain range of degrees, our bodies then become accustomed to this consistency. Then if the temperature drops dramatically overnight, bringing about unusually cold mornings as in the fall season, it is very reasonable to believe that your excess uric acid will crystallize in the joints triggering a gout attack.Remember that gout is a form of arthritis and that people who suffer from arthritis are also sensitive to weather changes. As your body adapts to the new season and new range of temperatures, your uric acid levels also adjust accordingly until the next change in weather or season. To avoid a gout attack it is important to maintain a regular temperature in your body despite the changes of temperature and pressure of the environment.
So what is a gout sufferer to do?
Maintaining a regular temperature in your body although the weather is changing drastically is the key to avoiding a gout attack. It is important when the weather changes towards heat and humidity to keep hydrated since you lose more water when it’s hot, drink frequently because water will help your body maintain a constant temperature. Try and have air conditioning in your house and car if possible, this will help you a lot.
When the weather changes to cold you definitely need to warm yourself up, if it’s possible for you to move to a warm area in the wintertime, then good for you. If not make sure to bundle up when going out, so wear an extra layer of socks to keep your feet warm and dress in layers. Drinking warm beverages like coffee or your favorite tea will warm up your body and raise your body temperature. Try and keep moving in cold weather, this will produce body heat and since you are more active this will improve your blood circulation. At home make sure to have heating or at least electronic blankets to keep your body warm at night when it’s coldest.Regardless of hot or cold weather, take the necessary precautions and avoid that painful gout attack.
The PGA tour is in town! The PGA Championship is being played at Bethpage’s beautiful black course.
The black is long and Full of steep hills and rough terrain. On a recent visit there myself, I was shocked at how much of a beating my feet took walking the course. These simple tips can help keep you up and going.
Wear supportive comfortable shoes, ones you are familiar with and have walked distance in before. Make sure to wear a thick cotton sock and consider bringing a change as the court can get wet.
Prior to starting, give your feet ankles and calves a good thorough stretch. And be sure to periodically stretch out in the course of the day. Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugary drinks.
It’s a beautiful weekend for golf, enjoy the tournament and while you’re in town come to visit us at Advance Podiatry.
Many of our patients ask for tips on purchasing shoe gear. When shoe shopping, your ultimate goals include making sure you are comfortable, the shoes you are purchasing fit well and that you are pain-free. Of course, style and fashion trend(s) matter to most but in order to avoid potential foot issues- it is important to select appropriate well-fitting shoes.
To help you navigate, below are some helpful tips:
- Purchase shoes at the END of the day; this is when your feet are larger. This will ensure that your shoes will not be too tight.
- Have your feet measured? Sometimes one foot may be larger than the other. Another thing to be aware of is that sizing can vary from brand to brand. Go by how the shoe fits rather than the marked size. Always try before you buy!
- Bring your orthotics with you when purchasing shoes and walk around the store to ensure that you are comfortable. On the same note, try on shoes with any socks or special stockings/hosiery that you normally wear on a daily basis.
- Make sure there is wiggle room! If you cannot move your toes, your shoes are too tight. If the shoe is too tight or narrow, you can aggravate conditions such as bunions or hammertoes.
- Look for shoes with adequate shock absorption and cushion. This will help with shock absorption and help protect your feet.
- Bend the shoes. Shoes should not bend in the arch region. This can lead to plantar fasciitis (heel pain).
When shoes are inappropriate in terms of sizing, fit, or comfort, this may lead to foot deformities and/or aggravate existing deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, flat feet or high arched feet. Custom orthotics (inserts) may help with such conditions and also help relieve pain.
You do not have to live with pain; especially if it is because of improper footwear! If you are unsure about anything or have questions, please do not hesitate to call us and make an appointment!