Gout is a type of arthritis that is associated with large amounts of uric acid in the body. This acid is then deposited in and around joints such as the big toe until it can be eliminated. Either the body produces too much uric acid or it cannot get rid of it fast enough.
Kidney stones can consist of different substances, but salts and minerals are the main culprit. Kidney stones are crystals that bind together in the kidney and form a solid mass, also called stones. These are extremely painful.
Those who have gout are at a higher risk of developing kidney stones because they have more stone metabolites in their urine. Up to one-fifth of people who suffer from gout will develop a kidney stone. Calcium oxalate is one of the most common types of stones, but uric acid stones can also form.
Foods to Avoid
Foods high in purines need to be avoided, and drinking two quarts of water per day will help avoid a gout attack or kidney stones. Also avoid large amounts of sodium and protein. Beans, spinach, chocolate and squash are some foods that are high in oxalates and should be avoided as well.
Allopurinol is a drug commonly prescribed to help control uric acid build-up, for both gout and oxalate sufferers. Surgery is not usually required for kidney stones. Drinking two to three quarts of water per day and pain medication may be prescribed to help pass a kidney stone.