Q. My 92-year-old Mom began having excruciating ankle pain about four months ago. She has seen five doctors, including three podiatrists, a chiropractor and an emergency room visit. They all said her pain was due to osteoarthritis or plantar fasciitis.
While researching ankle pain I discovered that gout can sometimes affect other joints besides the big toe and that celery seed extract may be helpful. I bought some for my mother and after a week or two she says her ankle pain is gone although she still has occasional shooting pain into her big toe.
I feel better having her on celery seed extract rather than the ibuprofen she was taking. We were both worried about the possible side effects of that drug.
A. Gout can indeed affect other joints besides the big toe, and the pain can be excruciating. Many medications can raise uric acid levels and increase the likelihood of developing gout.
Drugs to lower uric acid levels can help manage gout. Celery seed extract and tart cherries are home remedies for gout, and celery seed has anti-inflammatory effects (Inflammopharmacology, Dec., 2003).