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Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can affect different joints in the body.

Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid. While uric acid occurs naturally in the body, too much can cause crystals to form and deposit in the joints rather than being excreted by the kidneys. These deposits lead to inflammation of the joints and sometimes the surrounding tissue, causing pain, swelling, and tenderness. Active periods of gout are called “attacks”.

Gout may be best known for causing severe pain in the big toe but attacks can occur in any joint and most often involve those in the lower limbs (knees, ankles and feet)

This information from The Arthritis Society is available here.

Additional resource:

• Joint Health, Arthritis Consumer Experts, Spotlight on Gout