Gout

Gout, one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis, often causes extreme pain, joint swelling, warmth, and redness. It is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the soft tissue of a joint. Most cases of gout occur in the big toe, but it can affect other joints in the foot, or joints in the knee, elbow, wrist, and fingertips. Gout episodes last between a few days and a few weeks, and pain from gout often flares up at night.
Learn about 5 lesser-known signs and symptoms of gout. While a classic case of gout causes extreme pain in the big toe, not all cases follow this pattern.

Am I at risk for gout? This article lists common risk factors, including diet, age, gender, and alcohol use, that increase the chance of developing gout.

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Gout Diagnosis

Properly diagnosing gout is crucial to a patient's long-term health. Find out how a doctor determines whether a patient has a case of gout.
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Gout Prevention

When a person is at risk for gout, lifestyle changes can be made in order to prevent a gout attack. These include diet and exercise...

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Gout Symptoms

Severe joint pain at night is one common symptom of gout. This peer-reviewed article provides an accurate overview of gout symptoms.
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Gout Treatment

Without treatment and prevention, gout can become chronic. Read about how to manage pain during a flare-up, as well as prevent future gout attacks.

Purines are chemical compounds in food known to cause gout. Read about which foods to avoid when trying to prevent a gout attack.

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