Also called: Gouty arthritis
Gout is a common, painful form of arthritis. It causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood.
This happens if the body produces extra acid or does not eliminate enough, or if one eats too many foods with purines, such as liver and dried beans.
Pseudo-gout has similar symptoms and is sometimes confused with gout. However, it is caused by calcium phosphate, not uric acid.
Often, gout first attacks the big toe. It can also attack ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows.
You are more likely to get gout if you
• are a man
• have family member with gout
• drink alcohol .
At first, gout attacks usually get better in days. Eventually, attacks last longer and occur more often. Uric acid build up can lead to kidney stones. Untreated gout can cause permanent joint and kidney damage. Gout can be treated with medicines