gout-feet.jpgA new study says using poor footwear is common among patients with gout who experience higher foot-related pain, impairment and disability.

 

Researchers at the Aut University in Auckland, New Zealand, studied 50 patients with a history of gout and found that those who made poor footwear choices experienced higher foot-related pain, impairment and disability, gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by high uric acid levels in the blood.

The crystallization of uric acid within the joints and other tissues causes severe pain and swelling especially in toes.

Over the past two decades, more people have been diagnosed with the disabling condition, which affects over eight million individuals in the United States.

The new study links the levels of disabilities and impairments among patients to their shoes’ quality and comfort.