Gout, a condition caused by a buildup of uric acid in joints and other areas of the body, is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how gout is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Ways to Prevent Gout
Get the facts on ways to prevent gout.
What Is a Uric Acid Blood Test?
High levels or uric acid, one of the body’s waste products, can be a sign of gout or kidney stones. Learn what a uric acid blood test tells you, how it’s done, and what the results mean.
Which Medicines Treat Gout?
Gout is painful inflammation of the joints caused by too much uric acid. The good news is that it can be treated with medicines.
Treating Gout at Home
When gout flares, treatment for joint pain and other gout symptoms can't come fast enough. WebMD offers home treatment options for gouty arthritis.
Manage Your Gout Between Flares
You just had your first gout flare, so what happens now? Learn how to take control, improve your habits, and lower your chances of another.
Avoiding Common Gout Triggers
Learn how diet, weather, stress, and other factors may lead to a gout flare -- and what you can do to lower your risk of a flare.
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Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Gout -- Learn About the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
This WebMD slideshow helps you understand what gout looks like - and how this form of arthritis is treated.
Slideshow: Gout Diet
Did you know your diet can trigger a painful gout attack? WebMD shows you what foods can help and hurt your chronic gout.
Slideshow: Pictures of Common Foot Problems
See pictures of bunions, corns, athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and other common foot problems – and learn what treatments may help these conditions.
Slideshow: Tips to Keep Joints Healthy
Dealing with joint pain and arthritis? Find solutions for joint pain and tips to protect your joints from damage.