Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid buildup in the body. When uric acid piles up, it creates crystals that resemble needles. They are quite painful when they develop in your joints.
Gout frequently begins in your big toe. It can also harm elbows, wrists, fingers, heels, ankles, and knees. Gout episodes typically subside within days after they start. Attacks eventually become more frequent and continue longer. Gout is more likely to develop if you:
- Are a man
- Have a family history of gout
- Have a weight problem
- Drink alcohol
- Consume excessive amounts of purine-rich meals
If you or a loved one has gout, managing its symptoms is important in order to continue living a happy and healthy life. As such, Progressive Health, Inc., a provider of home care in Havertown, Pennsylvania, aims to help senior clients living with gout achieve this as they age in place.
Gout can be hard to diagnose. As such, our home health aide will help seniors live a healthy lifestyle in order to manage their condition and prevent severe side effects. Eating more fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains is a great start.
Our caregiver can also help with grocery shopping, making sure that seniors avoid high-purine foods, such as fish, seafood, shellfish, and some meats, such as bacon, turkey, veal, venison, and organ meats like liver.
Through home health care in Pennsylvania, we can also supervise our client’s physical activity to help them manage their weight to lessen the load on their joints, as well as mitigate the effects of gout.
For more information on how we can help manage gout in seniors, feel free to get in touch! with us