Singer Admits Weight Gain is Primary Cause of Gout

Singer Admits Weight Gain is Primary Cause of Gout

Jared LetoJared Leto admits that the extra weight gain for a role in the film biopic Chapter 27 caused the Oscar winner to contend with gout. Letto had to gain a substantial 67 lbs for his role of Mark Chapman – the deranged fan who assassinated John Lennon – in the 2007 movie.

Leto stated that it would be the last time he would gain an excessive amount of weight for another movie role, as he doesn’t want to place his health in a critical state.  ‘Really, it’s a stupid thing to do. I got gout, and my cholesterol went up so fast in such a short time that my doctors wanted to put me on Lipitor, which is for much, much older people,’ said the 42-year-old.

Gout is a painful foot disorder which can cause flare-ups from time to time. It can usually be avoided by carefully monitoring your diet. For help dealing with gout, call podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM. Dr. Stran will examine the afflicted foot and offer advice about how to treat your condition.

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, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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