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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 19:13

Weight Gain Causes Actor to Contract Gout Featured

In preparation for his upcoming movie Chapter 27, actor Jared Leto needed to gain seventy pounds. Leto’s weight increase wound up causing more than just his role for the movie. "Really, it's a stupid thing to do (gaining weight),” Leto said. Leto’s cholesterol skyrocketed, resulting in Leto contracting gout.  

 Fortunately Leto was able to go on tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars after the filming, which aided the process of getting the actor down to a much healthier weight.

Having gout can make walking difficult. If you are experiencing pain in your foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can assist you with your foot and ankle needs.


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.


Additional information – including gout – can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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