Millions of Americans suffer from close to 100 rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or scleroderma. Gout is another of the many arthritic conditions recognized and treated by the Arthritis Institute of Michigan. Characterized by sudden and often severe pain attacks, redness and tenderness in joints, often at the base of the big toe, gout is a painful form of arthritis which has been around since ancient times.
Once called the “disease of kings”, gout was incorrectly linked to overindulgence however in reality, gout can affect anyone. Caused when excess uric acid collects on the body and is then deposited in joints, its affects can be potentially disabling. Thankfully, treatment for gout exists. Like all diseases and conditions, treatment should be tailored to each person by their rheumatologist.
While there is no sure way to avoid being impacted by gout, there are certain foods, drinks and medications which may increase your risk of getting gout. By ingesting these items in moderation and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, you may reduce your risks. Foods such as red meats and shellfish, overindulgence in alcohol, high fructose beverages and some medications may all increase uric acid and therefore increase your chances of getting gout.
Rheumatologist Whitmore Lake MI
Recognizing a need for a rheumatologist in Southern Michigan, Dr. Dowd founded the Arthritis Institute of Michigan in 1998 to fill this need. Offering services to patients throughout the region including Whitmore Lake, The Arthritis Institute of Michigan offers state of the art services and dedication to patients which sets them apart. Accepting new patients, the Institute is located in Brighton MI, less than 10 miles from Whitmore Lake, MI. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, gout or other rheumatic conditions and are looking for some assistance, contact us today at 810.225.7553 or fill out the form below. While few rheumatic conditions have cures, most can be controlled or slowed with early treatment. Don’t wait till it hurts, get treatment early.