What Is Gout?
Gout is a disorder that results from the build-up of uric acid in the tissues or a joint—most often the joint of the big toe. An attack of gout can be miserable, marked by the following symptoms:
- Intense pain that comes on suddenly—often in the middle of the night or upon arising
- Redness, swelling, and warmth over the joint—all of which are signs of inflammation.