My dear friend was taking a walk with his dog about a month ago and turned his ankle, which has happened before and he has suffered no serious problems other than some swelling and a little pain for a couple days. This time it became terribly painfull, and while he was in California visiting his mother, he went to the doctor. They wanted to put him in a cast to imobilize his foot, but he refused, knowing he had to drive back to Colorado in a vehicle with a standard transmission. When he returned I went out to his place and helped him unload his truck, got him settled in and took a look at his foot. Over the day of driving (4:30 am to 6:00 pm) his foot had swolen some more and started to discolor again from brusing. He was clearly in pain, but he is a "manly man", and doesn't want a friend 15 years his junior "nursmaiding" him. It has become increasingly more painfull and swolen, so yesterday I forced him to our local doc, who diagnosed it as gout - and gave a list of diet recomendations, including no more beer and very little red meat (gasp!!!). Aside from dietary changes, what other steps can he take to get himself healthy again. It is frustrating for the both of us, and he has hired a 16 yr old to help him out with his business, and realy enjoys the help, but he wants to drive again and navigate his front porch without crutches! Thanks for any input!