gout7Jared Leto, frontman for the band 30 Seconds To Mars, gained almost seventy pounds for his film role portraying John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman, in the upcoming movie Chapter 27. Unfortunately for Leto, the extreme weight gain has caused debilitating health problems.

He battled Gout, Leto says, constantly. Gout is a disease that involves often painfully acute episodes of inflammatory arthritis and often is accompanied by a dramatic increase in cholesterol, treatable only with very strong medication. Leto writes that Lipitor, a very strong drug primarily reserved for the elderly, was needed in order to combat his rapid and unhealthy increase in cholesterol.
The thanks, Leto says, goes to his band and their frequent touring for the assistance in losing all of the extra weight in his battle against his health complications. 

If you are a gout patient, you should seek out the care of podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can treat your condition and ensure you receive the care you need.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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