Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid accumulates in blood and leads to joint inflammation.
- Acute gout is a painful condition that generally affects one joint.
- Chronic gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation, which may involve more than one joint.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of gout are:
- Pain in big toe, knee, or ankle joints
- Sudden onset of pain
- Joint appears warm and red
Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in your body. This is when your body produces too much uric acid or when your body has a tough time getting rid of uric acid. Other causes include:
- Kidney disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Leukemia and other blood cancers