Help a loved one to cope when they suffer a flare up of agonising gout pain with one of these thoughtful and useful gifts.
My Top Gift Choice For Someone Suffering With Gout
Walking and getting around can be difficult when an attack of gout strikes so getting them a high quality walking cane is a top gift idea, as this will take the strain and help them to keep the weight off their swollen and sore foot.
Anyone that suffers from flare ups of gout will tell you just how painful and debilitating they can be.
As the pain and swelling in the foot and big toe area makes it difficult to walk or stand and incredibly hard to carry on with your everyday life.
And this is a very common problem with an estimated 3.9% of adults (9.3 million) in the United States in 2015-6 suffering from gout.
So if you have a loved one that struggles with gout, how about getting them a little something to help them deal with it.
As the following gift ideas for someone suffering with gout will all prove useful in some way.
1. A Pair Of Wide And Comfortable Slippers
When you are suffering from gout your feet can be too swollen and painful to put anything on your feet.
So our first gift idea is to buy them a pair of wide slippers.
As this will allow them to stay comfortable and keep their feet warm at home while they wait for it to pass.
And a pair that work brilliantly for gout sufferers are the Orthofeet orthopedic slippers as these are roomy enough to be comfortable and also have good arch support and cushioning too.
2. A Pair Of Ice Socks To Reduce Inflammation
Many people find that icing their feet works well to reduce the painful inflammation that comes from a gout flare up.
So a gift idea that can really help them to reduce the pain is a pair of ice socks.
As they can wear something like the NatraCure cold therapy socks which have pockets where they can place gel ice packs into to cool their feet down.
Including one over the toe area which is ideal for someone going through a gout attack.
3. A Reusable Ice Pack To Keep In The Freezer
Another gift idea for icing away painful swelling in the feet caused by gout is to get them a reusable ice pack.
As they can keep one of these in the freezer ready to go for when a painful gout attack strikes.
And a good one to go for is the Chattanooga ColPac reusable ice pack which comes in a range of sizes and is pliable enough to wrap around their foot.
4. A Wedge Pillow To Elevate Their Foot
Many people that suffer from gout find that elevating their swollen foot is helpful for reducing the pain.
As this can reduce the swelling and alter the blood flow into the affected foot.
So getting them a wedge pillow like the Zen Bamboo leg elevation pillow is a top idea as this will allow them to relax and rest while they are waiting to recover.
5. A Foot Spa For Tired Feet
While applying heat to your foot may not be the best thing to do during a gout flare up, it can be helpful at other times.
As having something like a heated foot spa or heating pad at home to use on your feet when they are feeling tired and sore can be really handy.
So a gout sufferer may appreciate the gift of a Wahl therapeutic heated foot spa to allow them to relax their feet and unwind without the pain.
6. A Cane To Help Them Get Around
When you're having a bad flare up of gout in your foot it can be really hard to stand up or put weight on it.
Which makes walking around and getting on with your everyday activities extremely problematic.
So why not get them a walking cane to help them carry on with their daily lives.
As the Honeybull walking cane can take the strain for them until it settles down again.
7. A Knee Scooter For Easier Mobility
Another gift that will give a gout sufferer more mobility during a flare up (and let's face it a more fun gift idea) is to get them a knee scooter.
As this way they can get around in public or in their house much easier while keeping the weight off their sore and swollen foot.
With a great value choice being the KneeRover economy knee scooter.
As this one is height adjustable, steerable, comfortable and has a complete set of brakes to avoid any accidents!
8. A Gout Diet Book To Try And Prevent Future Attacks
Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can play a big part in reducing and preventing future gout flare ups.
As certain foods can act as triggers and are best avoided.
So getting them a cookbook full of recipes that are designed for gout sufferers can be a really nice gift idea.
With one example being the The 28-Day Gout Diet Plan.
9. An Insulated Water Bottle To Keep Them Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water can also help to keep gout attacks at bay.
And it's also important to stay hydrated and drink water while suffering a flare up too as this can help to flush uric acid crystals out of your system.
So the gift of an insulated water bottle such as the Hydro Flask water bottle would be great for any gout sufferer.
As this will keep their water cold, fresh and drinkable even on the go, so they'll always have a drink to hand when they need one.
10. A Light Hearted Coffee Mug
While a gout flare up is certainly nothing to joke about, sometimes you have to laugh or you'll cry.
So why not indulge a gout sufferer with some gallows humour by gifting them the Not Today Gout coffee mug.
As at least they can have a smile with their cup of coffee in the morning (which has been said to reduce the risk of gout when drank in moderation).
So could be a win-win!
Suffering from painful gout attacks can be a real hellish experience.
So if you have a friend or loved one who gets gout periodically, buying them a gift that can help to ease the pain is always going to be a good idea.
And each of the gift ideas for someone suffering with gout that I've given you here can be useful to them either to reduce the pain or to try and prevent further outbreaks.