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Don't Miss out on Spotting Gout
Over the past couple decades, advances in technology have made it easer to detect all sorts of conditions, including gout. But some tests do not always work. One type of X-ray can spot gout where other tests miss it.
Walking the Walk in Shoddy Shoes
Uncomfortable shoes can leave your feet aching, especially if you have a painful condition like gout. Wearing the right kind of footwear could be the difference between mobility and disability.
Poor Footwear Increases Pain in Gout Patients
Wearing shoes that lack support and cushioning can worsen foot pain in people with gout, a type of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of severe pain in joints, especially in the feet.
Gout Gets the Royal Treatment
Gout, formerly linked with Europe's royal families, has made its way to middle America. Since 1990, U.S. cases have increased by 50 percent, making it a modern-day royal pain in the joints.
Belly Fat Predicts Heart Disease
Not all fat is created equal, especially when it comes to men with excessive weight around the middle. Some with added belly fat may be at an increased risk of developing heart disease and other serious health problems.
Breaking Free of Gout
For some patients, gout, a painful form of arthritis, is simply a manageable annoyance. For others, it can be a chronic and debilitating condition that requires ongoing medications and significant lifestyle changes.
Ilaris Not Able to Pass FDA Review
The biologic drug canakinumab (Ilaris) does work in treating acute flares of gout but is found to be too risky to warrant Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
Can't Stub Your Big Toe While Sleeping - Can You?
"It first began about three weeks ago when I woke up thinking I'd broken my big toe," writes a gentleman on an online support forum. "As I now realize, this is a text book gout entrance. By that Monday - the 7th day - the pain had increased enough for me to decide it was time to visit the doctor. By Monday afternoon, my foot had swollen up and it had become almost impossible to walk," he recalls.
Gout, The Great Mimic
Gout may be difficult for doctors to diagnose because symptoms can mimic or coexist with many other conditions including psoriasis, nodular rheumatoid disease and other joint diseases.
Lowdown: Uric acid and High Blood Pressure
Doctors have known for a while that people with high levels of uric acid can also have high blood pressure.