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Arthritis

Gout

What is Gout? Gout is a common form of arthritis characterised by symptoms including a sharp burning pain in the toe, foot or leg and is primarily caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. The condition is exacerbated by being overweight, drinking too much or eating the wrong foods. Long-term treatment usually consists of both lifestyle changes and medication.

What is Gout?

Gout is a metabolic disorder that may be inherited. It is characterised by recurrent acute joint inflammation (gouty arthritis) in the extremities, caused by crystals.

5 dietary changes to avoid gout

Gout is a type of arthritis which usually affects only one or two joints in the body. Do you suffer from it? Find out how the foods you eat can make gout better - or worse.

14 foods that cause gout

Diet plays a major role in the prevention and treatment of gout, which is a form of arthritis. We tell you what foods you can eat, and which to avoid, and why.

Myths about gout are hampering its treatment

Doctors and patients are unsure of the best treatment for gout, leading to poor patient education and compliance, poorly addressed lifestyle and suboptimal use of available drugs.

'Boererate' for gout

Gout, often unfairly ascribed to an indulgent lifestyle, is a very painful affliction – but don't despair, one of a number of home remedies may be the answer to your prayers.

Gout and diet: the latest research

Gout is a condition that has plagued mankind since the beginning of recorded history. DietDoc looks at research on diet and the treatment and prevention of gout.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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