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Can too much oxalate cause nerve pain?

Asked 3 years ago

I eat a lot of spinach and beetroot, which are really high in oxalate. I've heard that oxalate can be a contributing factor toward gout, but can it cause general foot pain? If I keep consuming oxalates, will I end up with painful feet?

Brady Woodward

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Excess oxalate leads to oxalosis. Oxalosis is a metabolic disorder in which the kidneys fail to excrete calcium oxalate crystals in the urine. Symptoms vary depending on where the oxalate crystals are deposited. In the foot- it causes inflammation and joint pain or cramping and aching of foot muscles. Gout may result due to the deposition of these excess oxalate crystals in foot and toe joints. Moreover, evidence from the Urological Research journal has “identified that gout was associated with more number of calcium oxalate stones than uric acid stones”

Janik Sundstrom

Janik Sundstrom

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Oxalic acid or oxalates are naturally-occurring compounds found commonly in plants. Oxalates are linked to a high intake of vegetables or carbohydrates and are linked to diffuse pain I the body. Oxalic acid is excreted from the body in the form of urine. Increased oxalic acid in the body can cause inflammation, joint pain, poor circulation, and diffuse, aching in the body. The development of gout is further linked to large deposits of oxalate crystals in the body, common occurring in the joints of the feet. Reducing your intake of oxalates in the diet is extremely helpful in reducing your risk of developing symptoms related to high oxalic acid in the body.

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