According to the World Health Organization, an unhealthy diet is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other conditions that are linked to obesity. While there is limited research on possible direct links between diet and arthritis, there is … Read More
Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.
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Despite its name, pseudogout is real. It’s not gout, but there’s good reason it’s called “false gout.” Like gout, pseudogout is inflammatory arthritis caused by an excess of crystals in the joint fluid. And, like gout, it hurts, leaving your joint swollen and red. While gout is … Read More
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that approximately 52.5 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout. Arthritic diseases may be mild in some people but can be debilitating … Read More
Your immune system is like a home security system. When you suffer an injury or infection, it sets off an alarm—what we know as an inflammatory response—by sending immune cells to neutralize viruses, bacteria, and other intruders that breach your outer defenses, thereby protecting healthy cells and … Read More
Since gout is often thought of as a man’s disease, many women lack awareness of gout symptoms—foot pain, in particular—which means that many women have gout but aren’t aware they have it.
“Although women are less likely than men to suffer from gout, a woman’s chance of developing gout increases … Read More
If you've been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine … Read More
Whether it’s a painful knee, a stiff hip joint, or suspected gout in a big toe, it’s likely you have become one of the millions of people each year who find themselves wondering, "What is arthritis and its different forms, and how do I deal with it?"
You wake … Read More
Bursae are thin sac-like structures located throughout the body whose function is to alleviate the pressure or friction between bones and adjacent soft tissue such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin. There are more than 160 different bursae in the average person’s body; some bursae are just under the skin … Read More
About 8 million Americans suffer from gout, according to the American College of Rheumatology. While men are particularly vulnerable to gout symptoms (6 million American men have the condition), women become increasingly susceptible to gout as they get older.
Menopause may be what causes gout in … Read More