Gout, a complex type of arthritis, results from an accumulation of uric acid in the joints. The big toe joint is often affected by gout, probably due to the pressure it is subjected to during walking and standing. Gout causes pain, extreme tenderness, throbbing, and a burning sensation in the joint, with localized redness and swelling. An attack of gout lasts for several hours or days before it usually subsides, but it more than likely returns to the same area within months. Gout, also known as gouty arthritis, more frequently affects men, but women can also suffer from it.
Medications are effective in treating the disease’s onset, symptoms, and complications. Gout can be triggered by diet, so it is recommended that gout sufferers avoid alcohol and certain foods and to drink plenty of water or fluids. For more details, please refer to our Gout Diet.