Gout is the only form of arthritis that is curable!
What is gout?
Gout is a very common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by too much uric acid in our circulation. When there is too much uric acid the body responds by forming uric acid crystals which are deposited in our joints and skin. Prevalence of gout in the U.S. has increased over the last 20 years to 8.3 million (4%) Americans, affecting both men and women.
What is a gout attack?
A gout attack occurs when the level of uric acid fluctuates to an excessive level causing an immune response resulting in a severe inflammatory reaction. This response manifests as swelling, heat, reddish discoloration, pain and tenderness at the joints involved.
What joints can be affected by gout?
The small joint at the base of the big toe is the most common site for the attack. Other joints that can be affected include ankles, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows.