Gout is an inflammatory type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a chemical that can form needle-like hard crystal deposits in the joints. Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines, which are found in some foods and drinks including liver, anchovies, mackerel, dried beans and peas, and beer.
Gout can cause a sudden, severe attack of burning pain, stiffness, redness and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. Over time, this disease can harm the joints, tendons and other tissues. People with gout are at higher risk of hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and renal and heart disease; however, the good news is that it is one of the most treatable forms of arthritis.