What is Gout?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. It occurs in about 4 percent of American adults, but is more likely to affect men than women. Read More >>

Gout Symptoms

For many people, the first symptom of gout is excruciating pain and swelling in the big toe. Gout may also appear in the ankle or knee. Read More >>

Gout Causes

Uric acid can form needle-like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling. Read More >>

Gout Diagnosis

To diagnose gout, the doctor will ask about medical history, examine the joints and do a blood test and may perform imaging tests. Read More >>

Gout Treatment

There are two aspects of treating gout – treating an acute attack and maintaining low uric acid levels. Learn more about the treatments and medication you can use for gout. Read More >>

Gout Self Care

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is a key part of an effective gout treatment plan. This includes eating a healthy diet, eliminating or reducing purine-rich foods, managing your weight and being physically active. Read More >>

More About Gout

Gout is caused by high uric acid levels. Learn more about gout and what you can do to ease your symptoms. Read More >>