Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is gout?

Gout is one of the most painful rheumatic diseases. It occurs when needle-like crystals of uric acid build up in connective tissue, in the joint space between two bones, or in both.

Adult men, particularly those between the ages of 40 and 50, are more likely than women to develop gout. Women rarely develop the disease while still menstruating.

Sometime during the course of the disease, many people will develop gout in the big toe. Gout frequently affects joints in the lower part of the body such as knee, ankles, or toes.