There is nothing good about gout. Essentially a short-term form of arthritis, gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood stream. If not properly eliminated, this acid can form needle-like urate crystals that collect in joints and soft tissues in the body. Gout symptoms typically start as severely painful swelling and redness, usually in the joint of a big toe.
Gout is a kind of arthritis that can cause sudden stiffness, swelling, intense tenderness, and burning pain in a joint. The most common place for this pain to occur is the big toe. The area will continue to hurt and swell unless the gout is treated. Gout is most common in men and, over time, it can cause serious harm to joints and tendons. Gout can also effect the ears and small joints on the ankles, knees, hands and wrists.