Watch For Uric Acid and other Contaminate Accumulations in the Feet
by Randy Eady
(Delray Beach, FL, USA)
Kidney Stones are becoming more common in kids; Oftentimes Spotted in the Feet First; May be a harbinger of bunions and bone spurs . . .
Kidney stones develop when the urine contains more crystal-forming substances-- including calcium, uric acid, antibiotic by-product and a compound called oxalate.
The number of children treated for kidney stones at some U.S. hospitals has been on the rise over the past decade, for reasons that are not yet certain, according to a new study.
Kidney stones develop when the urine contains more crystal-forming substances -- including calcium, uric acid and a compound called oxalate -- than can be diluted by the available fluid.
So it is deposited in the body.
The deposits in the kidney cause kidney stones. Deposits in the joints lead to joint disorders including osteoporosis, bunions, gout and bone spurs.
And the deposits in the arteries would be calcified plaque. The loss of potassium and magnesium used to neutralize excess acid can adversely effect the heart, leading to heart disease. These two minerals, as I mention below, are also key players in joint and heart health.
While kidney stones (and bunions) are most common after age 40, they can develop at any age. One study published in 2010 showed South Carolina kids diagnosed four times as often in 2007 as in 1996, for unclear reasons. But there has been a lack of hard data to show whether there is in fact a trend.
In a new government-funded study, researchers looked at data from 42 U.S. pediatric hospitals affiliated with the Child Health Corporation of America. They found that the number of children with kidney stones seen at the hospitals increased from 125 in 1999 to 1,389 in 2008.
That translated to a rate of 57 cases per 100,000 children treated at the hospitals in 2008 -- up from 18 per 100,000 in 1999, the researchers report in the Journal of Urology.
It's not clear whether, or to what extent, the increase seen in the current study may reflect an upswing in kidney stones among U.S. children in general, according to Dr. Jonathan C. Routh and colleagues at Children's Hospital Boston.
So with this question unanswered, this is where the story takes an interesting turn for those of us most interested in bunions.
The authors note that a recent study in Japan found no significant change in Japanese children's incidence of kidney stones between 1965 and 2005.
Interesting to note -- while the rate of bunion formation occurs in about 30% of the population of most Western countries -- they are less prevalent in countries that encourage barefoot walking and foot flexing/exercise. This is consistent with the evidence that shows when the foot does not flex properly it can?t functional as windlass mechanism to "lift" accumulate out of the sole of the foot.
DIET and HYDRATION
As noted, diet and spleen issues are big potential culprits in bunion formation. Low fluid intake, and high intakes of sugar, sodium as well as animal fat and proteins, can contribute to uric acid and calcium imbalances, as well.
Supplementing with bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, can help bunions. I recommend 500 mg twice daily. Excess calcium and poor calcium absorption can lead to bony growths. Supplementing with magnesium to better absorb calcium, as well as decreasing calcium intake, may help. Take 1,000 mg of magnesium daily.
Simple, ample hydration is one of the best ways to lower stone and oxidate formation in the feet.
What supplements are good to avoid/reduce the chance of Joint deformation and Kidney Stone incidence?
- Calcium cause oxalate to bind while in the stomach, before it can be absorbed into the urinary tract. This causes a decrease in urinary oxalate, which reduces the risk of kidney stones. (So while the increased calcium in the urine may cause some kidney stones, overall higher calcium intake appears to lower kidney stone formation risk.
Calcium should not be taken with Vitamin D, as this can increase calcium absorption and increase the risk of stone formation.)
- Both Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine Sulfate can help reduce urinary oxalate levels.
- Magnesium helps the body to convert oxalate into other substances. Supplementation with Magnesium can reduce urine levels of both calcium and oxalate.
- Vitamin B6, like Magnesium, is used to convert oxalate, and may be helpful in reducing the risk of accumulate formation.
Lastly , I use an exfoliant with argan oil and calendula to relieve soreness and inflammation externally; I'll also fill my communal foot bath with grated ginger root and dead sea salt and have my clients soak for 20-30 minutes.
STUDY REFERENCE SOURCE: link.reuters.com/ruj23n Journal of Urology, online July 21, 2010