How foods help gout pain?

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What foods, if any, can relieve severe gout pain? Are there any foods that help prevents Gout from manifesting.

Expert Answer

Jane Andersen, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She provides surgical and nonsurgical foot and ankle care to all types of patients, including the geriatric population in her area. With the American Podiatric Medical Association, she has worked to educate the public on foot and ankle health.

While there are no foods that have been proven to relieve symptoms of a severe gouty attack, there is some anecdotal evidence that tart cherry juice may be helpful. Food choices are extremely important in preventing attacks. It is important to avoid these types of foods:
"¢ beer "¢ wine (especially red wine), "¢ shellfish "¢ red meat "¢ cured meat "¢ olives "¢ sardines "¢ aged cheeses.
You should also speak with your physician about managing your uric acid levels with medication in order to avoid an attack.

When you are suffering from a severe attack of gout in the foot (the most common location is the great toe joint) you should see your podiatrist for treatment. Often oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or colchicine can be used. For even faster relief, a cortisone injection is most helpful