Gout is a kind of inflammatory arthritis generally found in older adults. Symptoms of gout comprise a rapid onset of pain in the affected joint followed by warmth, swelling, reddish discoloration and marked tenderness in the area. The most common site for gout is the base of the big toe. Other joints such as heels, knees, wrists, and fingers may also be affected. Gout is caused by excess uric acid in the blood.
Gout can be managed by maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding food high in purines, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of fluid to flush uric acid out of the body and by medication or supplementary therapy. Applying cold packs on the joint several times a day help in pain relief and reduce inflammation. Using walking sticks and walkers during movement relieve pressure on your joints. Self-help devices such as buttoner, stocking aid help you to get dressed independently. Easy grip utensils, cutlery, scissors, knife, knob-turners etc put less strain on your fingers; using exercise ball improves mobility in your hands. Wearing knee or ankle supports, braces or wraps and cushioning your knees or ankle with a pillow during rest reduces discomfort to the affected area. Silicone insoles provide pain relief while wearing shoes. Browse our daily living products that help in better management of gout.