Gout is a common form of arthritis that is the result of uric acid build up and eventual crystallization in the blood, tissues and urine. Once crystallized the uric acid acts like a needle stabbing the joints. It occurs frequently in the big toe, ankle, knee, wrist and fingers. Gout develops more in colder temperatures, therefore it prefers the cooler extremities of the body. May be the result of poor kidney function and is closely related to a poor diet. Kidney stones may also be a related problem for sufferers.
Symptoms May Include:
- Acute pain
- Affected joints become inflamed & may look infected: red, swollen, hot and extremely sensitive to the touch.
- Attacks may repeat themselves
- Pseudo gout (another form) causes pain, inflammation and swelling in the larger joints: knees
- Diagnosis via a fluid sample taken from the affected joint