Gout is a systemic disease caused by the buildup of uric acid in the joints, causing
inflammation, swelling, and pain. This condition can develop for two reasons. The liver
may produce more uric acid than the body can excrete in the urine, or a diet of rich foods
(e.g., red meat, cream sauces, red wine) puts more uric acid into the bloodstream than the
kidneys can filter. In both cases, a condition called hyperuricemia results. Over time,
the uric acid crystallizes and settles in the joint spaces, most commonly in the first
metatarsal phalangeal joint of the big toe or in the ankle joint.
While gout is mostly found in the feet it can also effect other joints. In
the picture above you can see the swelling in the hands that gout can cause.
Here is a video to help you understand gout better.
Understanding more about the picture of gout.
Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. It occurs when too much
uric acid builds up in the body. The buildup of uric acid can lead to:
Sharp uric acid crystal deposits in joints, often in the big toe
Deposits of uric acid (called tophi) that look like lumps under the skin
Kidney stones from uric acid crystals in the kidneys.
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