This Holiday Season, Watch Out For Gout

Does the bedsheet touching the top of your foot feel like a hot prod? The season of overeating is almost upon us, and, Dr. Rock Positano warns in his HuffPo blog today, if you don't limit your gravy intake, you're asking for trouble in the form of a burning, swollen toe.

We're talking about gout, also known as "the disease of kings." And what is gout, exactly? This is a question many of us were first forced to confront when we heard that former Yankees pitcher/awesomely fun drunk David Wells had contracted it. According to Dr. Allan Gibofsky, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, "gout is found exclusively in humans and is characterized by an elevation in uric acid, known as hyperuricemia. It is a metabolic problem resulting in either overproduction of uric acid or reduced removal of uric acid from the blood."

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Jared Leto have also suffered from this painful condition, and if you want to avoid their fate control yourselves next Thursday, people. Turkey is a notorious trigger.