Gout, the Primal Lifestyle, and Working Out Barefoot
I've posted a couple threads here about the link between gout and the Primal-lifestyle. I was pretty angry because this supposed gout had gotten worse since the change. My foot's been throbbing for more than a month now, and that's an unusually long gout attack. To tell you the truth, if this pain had persisted without any answers as to why, I may have gone off primal entirely.
Well, I went to the podiatrist today (no health insurance so I'm $150 more poor now) and it turns out this isn't gout, and I haven't had a gout attack in ages, I had in fact broken my foot - a Lisfranc fracture and extensor digitorum brevis myositis. How did this happen? It likely happened while deadlifting 585 LBS barefoot as the pain began a day or two later.
Luckily for my wallet surgery isn't the best option, although surgery would have involved a quicker recovery time. This is more of a soft-tissue injury, 2 injuries actually, and will take longer to heal than a traditional, straight-up broken bone. I have 4-6 weeks of NSAID's, rest, ace bandages, and a cam walker ahead of me. I'm still going to go to the gym, but no squats or deadlifts in the near future.
So...be careful handling HEAVY loads without foot/ankle support!
I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.