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.
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.
How to Tell if Your Chronic Gout Is Getting Worse
Is your chronic gout getting worse? WebMD tells you how to cope with gout flare-ups and learn about treatment options that can help you feel better.
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.
15 Easy Ways to Stay Active With Arthritis
See tips on how to fit exercise into your day when you have arthritis. Find creative ways to get a workout without having to hit the gym for hours. Plus, tips for making activities easier on your joints.