Written by Glenn Comber

NOV 16 2016


reflexology-foot-painGout is a form of arthritis, in which acidic crystals have accumulated within a joint capsule. It is often found in the hallux. “True gout” – hyperuricemia – involves deposits of uric acid (a by-product of protein metabolism); “pseudo gout” involves calcium pyrophosphate crystals (from the breakdown of purine proteins found in organ meats, sardines, anchovies).

Pain can be excruciating and is accompanied by redness, swelling, heat and the inability to bear weight and walk. Gout can lead to the development of kidney stones, so it is important that the person suffering with gout not ignore the symptoms.

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