A painful form of arthritis
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling in joints. It usually affects one joint at a time — typically the large joint of the big toe — and often at night. You may go to bed feeling fine, but then wake up in the middle of the night feeling like your big toe is on fire. The pain is so bad that you can’t even have a bed sheet covering it. Gout can also affect your ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
Some people have just one attack of gout and never have another. Others have recurring attacks and may be at risk of additional problems. Medications and lifestyle changes can usually reduce or eliminate the attacks.