Gout is a common, painful form of arthritis. It causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. Gout is caused by increased production of uric acid.
Uric acid crystals travel and accumulate in the joints, especially in the feet and legs, causing great pain and swelling.
You are more likely to get gout if you are a man, overweight, drink alcohol, eat too many foods rich in purines, or have a family member with gout.
Review Date 5/10/2019
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.