What Is Gout? Plus: 8 Ways to Lower Your Risk

Learn more about this painful joint condition, and get important information about how to reduce your risk of this common form of arthritis.
What Is Gout?
Imagine needle-sharp shards of glass inserted between the bones of your joints, grating and grinding with every move. That not-so-happy image is the pain of gout, one of the more common forms of arthritis. Of course it's not actually glass; in some people with a genetic susceptibility — men more often than women — the body converts excess uric acid into crystals that can accumulate in joints. The extreme pain usually starts in the big toe; gout can also settle into other joints of the feet, ankles, knees, fingers, wrists, and elbows.