Drinking more water is sometimes easier said than done. However, there are a lot of things that can help make it easier. For instance, infuse your water with some mint, orange slices, or watermelon. There’s also an app called Waterlogged that can help you stay on the hydrated track. Why? Dehydration and foot pain are somewhat linked, at least in the case of gout attacks.
Gout occurs when an excess amount of uric acid is left in the system. Either your body makes too much of the acid or your kidney fails to release enough. The buildup creates needle-like shards that tend to deposit themselves around the big toe joint in the foot. The result is inflammation, swelling, and intense pain—also known as a flare. The worst part about these attacks is that they can last for weeks and may return suddenly.
On the other hand, the best part is that these episodes are also linked to diet. You can easily prevent and lessen the severity of flare-ups and pain by eating healthy and drinking enough water. Uric acid is formed from the breakdown of purines, which exist naturally in your blood and also occur in foods like mushrooms, organ meats, anchovies, and asparagus. Water dilutes the concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. It also helps the kidney flush the uric acid out of the system more effectively.
Drinking water has many other benefits besides eliminating foot pain—it helps you lose weight and also saves money when you go out to eat! If you’re suffering from dehydration and foot pain, look no further than Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville. Call our office at (775) 783-8037 to make an appointment with Dr. Victoria Melhuish. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!