Key info

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 happen fast enough in people with gout. This causes uric acid levels to build up and the crystals to form.