Gout is a type of arthritis where swelling and severe pain develops in your joints, especially at the base of your big toe. It is caused as a result of an imbalance of uric acid in your body. The main symptom is waking up in the middle of the night with an acute throbbing pain in your big toe, which will be swollen. The pain lasts for around three or four hours and will then gradually subside.

Without treatment, repeated attacks can cause permanent damage to your joint and lead to osteoarthritis. However, gout can usually be well controlled with medication.



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