What Is Gout?

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Gout, Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Uric acid and minerals combine to create that pain in your big toe

Gout is the result of a build-up of uric acid in the blood.

Uric acid is a waste product created by cells. It is also created during the breakdown of purine-containing foods. Under normal conditions, uric acid is eliminated from the body in urine.

If you have gout, you either produce too much uric acid or you are unable to excrete the proper amount of it. Any excess acid combines with minerals to form crystals that are deposited in the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and intense pain. Over time, these crystals can erode and destroy any joint in your body, but the one in your big toe is most susceptible.

Fortunately, many causes of gout are directly related to lifestyle, which means that natural treatments for gout are often effective.

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