What is Gout?

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood that forms hard crystals in your joints. It can cause a sudden, severe attack of burning pain, stiffness, redness and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. You can also get attacks in your foot, ankle or knees and they can happen repeatedly unless treated.  

Historically, gout has been referred to as “the disease of kings” because of its association with rich food and alcohol. Indeed, your chances of getting gout are greater if you are male, overweight, consume too much alcohol, or each too much fish and meat that are high in chemicals called purines. Over time, gout can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. However, it is one of the most treatable forms of arthritis! Pseudogout has similar symptoms but it is caused by calcium phosphate, not uric acid.

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