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.
Gout and Pseudogout
Gout was called “king’s disease” because it mostly hit wealthier men who ate and drank a lot. But anyone can get it. Learn about symptoms and treatments.
Could you have gout? Learn more about the symptoms of this condition and the things you can do to ease the pain.
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.
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.
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.
Health Predictions for 2009
Experts make predictions about health trends in 2009.
Arthritis - Therapy in Motion - Tai Chi
The Gentle Exercise
Slideshows & Images
Gout Pictures -- 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.
Best (and Worst) Foods for Gout
Got gout? These foods may help you manage symptoms.
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.
Tips to Keep Joints Healthy
Your arthritis doesn't have to keep you on the sidelines. Movement is important. Learn how to keep your joints safe and flexible as you exercise.