Gout is a common form of arthritis. Gout is caused by a build-up of a waste product, uric acid, in the bloodstream. Excess uric acid settles in joints causing inflammation, pain and swelling. Gout can be successfully managed with a combination of medication and healthy lifestyle choices.
While most other types of arthritis develop slowly, an attack of gout happens suddenly, often overnight. Feet, ankles and knees are commonly affected, but gout can also be experienced in the elbow, hand and other joints. The pain can be so intense that even the weight of a bed sheet is intolerable.
Healthy lifestyle choices combined with a correct treatment program should mean that gout can be successfully managed.