Gout is a form of arthritis that leads to sudden, intense pain and swollen joints that may become red and hot. More than 50 percent of gout attacks start in the big toe, but gout can occur in any joint. Knees, ankles, feet and fingers are other common sites. Gout attacks often occur, without warning, in the middle of the night.
This Q&A document aims to inform and empower patients with basic information about gout.