Which is Worse – Gout or Diabetes?

Which is Worse - Gout or DiabetesIt may not even matter which is worse since both affect each other. In fact, if you have one, you can easily develop the other!

What is Gout?

According to Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A, FAPWCA, gout is due to inflammation that appears with redness, tenderness in the joints, and severe pain. These symptoms occur due to too much uric acid that crystallizes and deposits into the joints. Gout attacks can occur suddenly, without notice. Luckily chronic gout can be avoided.

WebMd states that gout is basically arthritis which occurs due to an increase of uric acid in the blood. This causes joint pain, especially in the feet, but more specifically, in the big toe.

What is Diabetes?

There are three types of diabetes, but two are more common. They are Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. Type 2 diabetes can link to gout as studies are proving. WebMd explains that Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that is failing to regulate blood sugar. For many, this is due to being overweight, but there are other factors that can cause this as well.

Not only does your blood sugar remain unregulated, but it causes your immune system to weaken which, in turn, makes you more prone to infections. These infections affect your nervous system which regulates your body temperature from joints, glands all the way down to your toes.

Common Risk Factors

Both gout and diabetes share the same risk factors, according to Dr. Forman at Put Your Feet First and WebMD. These include:

  • Obesity or just being overweight: It is more difficult controlling your blood sugar while being overweight. The extra pounds-force your organs to work at super speed for regulation, which is difficult to do.
  • Excess alcohol: The pancreas cannot tolerate regulating insulin with too much alcohol, which affects blood sugar and thus, gout and diabetes.
  • Family history: Both gout and diabetes can be genetic; therefore, if it runs in your family, be more cognizant with your food and drink intake.
  • Other health issues: High blood pressure and cholesterol can affect both gout and diabetes.

A Possible Cure?

There is no doubt that Dr. Mark Forman and WebMD see the link between gout and diabetes. Both suggest focusing on maintaining a healthy diet full of rich greens, whole grains, lean protein, and fruits to help with weight control.

Additionally, exercising daily will maintain proper weight (in conjunction with a healthy diet), and assist in controlling other health issues.

Too Late to Prevent Gout or Diabetes?

No worries!

At Put Your Feet First, Dr. Mark Forman and his specialized team offer many solutions to help you ease pain and discomfort from conditions such as gout or diabetes. Solutions include MLS laser treatment, orthotics, and Platet-Rich Plasma (PRP).

MLS Laser Treatment
At Put Your Feet First we have a state-of-the-art MLS laser machine which is FDA-cleared. The laser light penetrates the damaged area by decreasing the inflammation, ridding the area of the dead cells.

This process allows for new cellular growth to occur healing you from injury. Most sessions are about ten minutes long, and most patients walk out feeling better than walking in! Laser therapy works well for patients with gout and diabetic ulcers.

Our office utilizes state-of-the-art technology that scans your feet quickly allowing for thorough customization of orthotics for your feet. Orthotics allow for full support of your feet as it provides needed support in every area.

Orthotics allow your toes to be spaced out properly, eliminating extra rubbing and sweat which can lead to foot issues like ulcers. Depending on how much you walk, run, or utilize your orthotics will factor into how often you need to replace them. On average, people can keep their orthotics for a couple of years before replacing them.

Contact US

Let our team at Put Your Feet First help you get rid of this unnecessary pain. Please visit us on our website or call us at 480.423.8400 and let us schedule an appointment for you to visit with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM so you can begin feeling better today! 

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