I went to the doctor a few weeks ago because I thought I was having a problem with the arch in my foot. I got the pricey Scholls insert and I thought that was the end of it. I thought so until the pain didn't go away while wearing them but got a surprise when I woke up for work and couldn't stand on my foot any longer. A friend suggested that I may have Gout but I didn't think so because I was told and have read that Gout usually strikes at the joint in the big toe, my pain wrapped around my foot at the arch, up and over the top of the foot. Got the lab work back and the doctor said....of course....Gout! Then I got the really bad news, dietary restrictions or pain! I don't want the pain but some of the restrictions were painful such as beef and alcohol, especially bad was beer in any form.
That's not so bad because I'm not really a beer fan, it's the beef part that hurts. I figure if @I really want a drink I can go to a pub or something and if my foot starts hurting I can use bar clamps or something to hold me in place till I've had enough! Through talking with coworkers I've come across another preventative measure...cherry juice. Not cherry cocktail but the kind of cherry juice that has only "pressed cherries" as the only ingredient on the label! I happen to like cherries so this wasn't hard for me to do. The hard part was finding a store that sold it! My local vitamin store had one variety for almost $7 a quart but I later found a large 'healthy food' store that had a few varieties for dollars less. Score one for me. I does help and it's non-medicinal.
I'm on the standard medicine for it but that takes a while to build up and this does work in the interim.