The formation of uric acid crystals in your joints is a perfect example of poor lifestyle choices. Left unattended, it can easily lead to a more painful condition known as gout.
This swelling may be slight and cause stiffness or it can create severe pain and swelling that develops in just a few hours.
The main cause is uric acid overload either due to inefficient waste elimination or excessive creation.
Uric acid is formed during the breakdown of what is known as purines. This chemical is found in many foods and occurs naturally within the body.
When the kidneys are unable to rid the body of uric acid, crystal formations are created and deposited around the joints.