During the holidays, it is important to be mindful of what you eat and drink. Changes in diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can cause gout attacks this time of year. Gout attacks are extremely painful. They are caused when uric acid accumulates in the tissues or a joint and crystallizes. This most commonly occurs in the big toe joint but can occur in other areas. Patients will notice a red, hot, swollen joint that is painful even to light touch. Often, patients have difficulty walking with a noticeable limp and are in extreme pain. 

Foods that are high in purines contribute to uric acid build-up. People that are prone to gout attacks should avoid purine-rich items such as shellfish (shrimp, crab, etc.), organ meats (kidney, liver, etc.), red meat, coffee, red wine, and beer. In addition, some patients may be more likely to get gout due to genetic factors. 

Foods to avoid with gout

Gout can be treated with medications, diet changes, increasing consumption of appropriate fluids, and immobilizing the foot. In some severe cases, surgery is required to remove the uric acid crystals and repair the joint. 

If you believe you are experiencing a gout attack, come see your local Podiatrists at Sol Foot and Ankle Centers for an examination and treatment plan. Generally, we are able to provide same-day appointments so that you can quickly get your pain under control and resume normal daily activities. 


Q: What causes gout attacks during the holidays?
A: Overindulging in high-purine foods like shellfish, organ meats, and certain drinks increases uric acid, triggering attacks.

Q: What are gout symptoms?
A: Symptoms include a red, hot, swollen joint that's very painful, often causing difficulty walking.

Q: Which foods increase gout risk?
A: Avoid shellfish, organ meats, red meat, coffee, red wine, and beer.

Q: How is gout treated?
A: Treatments include medication, diet changes, increased fluids, immobilization, and possibly surgery.

Q: What to do during a gout attack?
A: See a podiatrist immediately. Sol Foot and Ankle Centers offer same-day appointments to manage pain.