Chiropractor Questions Gout

Are there exercises to manage gout pain?

I am a 38 year old man and I have been diagnosed with gout. I have pain in my knees and ankles due to my condition, and I want to know if there's any way that I can help it while I'm at home. Are there any exercises to help me manage my pain better?

19 Answers

Gout is a painful and serious condition, in which your body does not handle uric acid properly. There are some simple things you can do that will help:(1) drink natural cherry juice; (2) avoid red wine, beer and excessive red meats; (3) eat tons more green vegetables; (4) a chiropractic evaluation would reveal nerve impingement that supply the knees and the ankles; (5) micro-current therapy to the sore joints would serve to help remove the uric acid crystals that have built up in the ankle and knee joints.
The more motion you can maintain the better for your joints. Gout mostly has to be manages through diet and some people do take medication. Eating a diet low in oxalates and purines which are in foods like seafood and spinach can be very beneficial.
Typically not for gout. This is a systemic condition usually related to uric acid buildup. You would fair better to remove that from your diet.
Gout is considered a chemistry problem that can be alleviated by cleaning up your diet. Historically, it was considered a disease caused by alcohol use, but over the last century, we have discovered that there are other things that can precipitate this problem. One medical doctor patient of mine cured himself of gout by changing his diet. You would need to look at a diet like the Paleo Diet.  
Dr. Philip R. Schalow
Gout is not really a problem that you can do exercises for. Usually, gout is treated from the dietary perspective by reducing alcohol and red meats as well as some prescription medication.
I would recommend pay a visit to your primary healthcare provider and see if there is a way they can co-manage with a different provider to get you amazing results.
Hello! Thank you for reaching out. Gout is a form of arthritis and occurs when there are high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a break down of purines (in short, which naturally occur in the body to assist with cell function). The problem is that when there is an increase of purines in the body there will be an increase in the amount of uric acid. The body can excrete and reabsorbs uric acid, but an over accumulation of uric acid, be it due to genetics or outside sources, causes this acid to crystallize and then deposit into joints, muscles, and surrounding tissues. When dealing with gout, you want to make sure that you follow up with your PCP and be sure to follow their given directives. To manage gout at home, I have the following recommendations. Now keep in mind that these are recommendations and not cures for your condition. First, make sure you are taking any prescribed med’s per your PCP’s order. ICE will be you best friend during flare ups. Now, if the flare up is unbearable, make sure that you seek out immediate medical attention. You always want to be proactive to prevent any possibility of severity of your condition. Drink plenty of fluids preferably water (alkaline). Alkaline water will help to bring a more alkaline state, which is a healing state for your body by flushing out acidity. If swelling is present, elevate your foot higher than your chest. If you are feeling pain when sleeping and you can’t stand for your sheets to touch you, then make sure that you bring your sheets to a level where the affected foot is able to breath. Avoid alcohol, red meats, and for that have nitrates. For fitness goals, isometric exercises would be best because there’s no motion of your joints. Also, make sure that you stretch your leg muscles before and after all activities. The following link has a few good stretches that I believe would help you:

Hope this helps.
Gout is a degenerating disease. Your pain is probably due to damage of the cartilage. Here is a link ( to some stretches that can help. If you are looking for long term relief, we offer a 1x non surgical treatment with stem cells or platelet rich plasma for knee pain.
Try moving in pool. The buoyancy will take the stress off the joints while at the same time quite the pain receptors (leading to less pain). Or, try light bouncing on a trampoline. Always stop, if you’re experiencing pain. Also, cut down on the red meats and wine. My best, DrSeth
Gout Diet is the only way. Exercises will only increase blood flow to the joints causing more pain.
Gout is hard to control with exercise. Usually, it is better controlled by watching what you eat. There are certain foods that will aggravate gout. Dehydration, coffee consumption, and alcohol consumption are all known irritants for gout. That being said, if your legs and hips are strong and loose, then they will be better able to handle the effects of gout when it does flair up. I'd try to do some light squats, dead lifts, core exercises such as crunches, plank and half plank, and something for your low back such as the birddog or superman. You can look these exercises up online, or you can go to my website,, and there will be an entire exercise and nutrition program that would be great for managing gout. Check it out, the program will be up soon.
Dr. Josh Cohen
Hi there,

I would suggest looking further into your diet. Limiting some animal proteins and shell fish. Also, cherry extract supplements have shown benefits in providing relief and preventing flare ups. Always talk to your pharmacist to ensure none of your medications interact. Staying hydrated (minimum 2L water per day) is also helpful.

Best of luck,

Dr. Caitlin Zietz, B.Sc., D.C.
Thank you for the question, however I cannot give advice without an exam in my office. There are several things that I do for my patients with your condition.
Exercise will not help gout. It must be treated by diet change, vitamins related to the condition, and, if severe, the use of drugs.

Yes, there are certain exercises that would help with gout. Simply moving your joints in circles would help. You can do yoga, swimming, and elliptical to exercise but keep pressure off your joints. Stretching is good, too.
Exercising with gout can be very painful. It should be recommended to treat the gout symptoms first and then ultimately find the cause of your gout. I would express extreme caution with exercising with active gout. The gout crystals in the joint space can cause further pain and additional injury to the surrounding tissue. Consult your medical doctor for gout treatments and before starting any home exercise program.
Exercise is helpful, but diet restrictions are also important during a flare. Choose a provider that can help you both nutritionally and provide you a customized exercise routine that is specific to your physical ability. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" routine to help your condition.
Walk, gout healthy diet, and Ac carbamide and photodiodes. Liquid drops from Standard Process are essential along with regular Chiropractic care.
Go to your local health food store and get some black cherry extract and a good vitamin B complex follow their instructions