My husband has found a new hobby of attending auctions to purchase farm equipment and antiques for our new home. He noticed an unusual item listed at an upcoming auction called a gout stool. Knowing that I treat gout in my office, he called me over to take a look. I had never seen or heard of a gout stool, but found it fascinating. So, I did some research and found that it is a footstool introduced in the late 18th century, designed to ease the discomfort of gout sufferers (1) Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, John Milton and Benjamin Franklin all suffered from gout?
Dedicated to your healthy feet,
Dr. Jennifer Feeny