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Gout

The ache in your toe may be enough to knock you off your feet. Gout, a form of arthritis, often strikes without warning. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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About This Condition

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when crystals of uric acid accumulate in a joint, leading to the sudden development of pain and inflammation.

People with gout either overproduce uric acid or are less efficient than other people at eliminating it. The joint of the big toe is the most common site to accumulate uric acid crystals, although other joints may be affected.

Symptoms

The pain of gout can arise suddenly and is often very intense. The affected joint is usually red, swollen, and very tender to the touch. A low-grade fever may also be present.

Healthy Lifestyle Tips

People who are overweight or have high blood pressure are at greater risk of developing gout.1 However, weight loss should not be rapid because restriction of calories can increase uric acid levels temporarily, which may aggravate the condition.

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