Types of Arthritis

Gout (gouty arthritis) is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. An attack can begin when crystals of uric acid form in the connective tissue and/or joint spaces. These deposits lead to swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joint (see Gout Symptoms).
Gout attacks often follow after someone has eaten foods like shellfish, liver, dried beans, peas, anchovies, or gravy (see Gout Diet). Being overweight and using alcohol or certain medications may also make gout worse. In older people, some blood pressure medicines can also increase your chance of a gout attack (see Causes of Gout).
Gout is most often a problem in the big toe. However, it can affect other joints, including the ankle, elbow, knee, wrist, hand, or other toes. Swelling may cause the skin to pull tightly around the joint and make the area red or purple and very tender. As part of making a gout diagnosis, your doctor might suggest blood tests and x-rays. He or she might also take a sample of fluid from your joint while you are having an attack (see Gout Diagnosis).
Gout treatments are aimed at relieving symptoms of gout and long-term damage to the affected joints. The medications used as gout treatment can also help prevent future attacks of the disease.
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