Gout is a common and painful condition that affects the joints. Small crystals form in and around the joint, causing inflammation, pain and swelling. These crystals are made of one of the body's normal waste products, uric acid. Normally the body rids itself of extra uric acid through the kidneys into the urine. However this does not happend fast enough in people with gout. This causes uric acid levels to build up and the crystals to form.
To learn more about gout, download the information sheet 'gout' , 'gout and diet' to help you understand how you may be affected, what you can do to manage it, ways to prevent gout, and where to find further information and advice.