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Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by accumulation of needle-like crystals in the joints which inturn is because of excessive accumulation of uric acid in the blood.

Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. Gout symptoms are often manifested in big toe and untreated condition may cause damage to the joints, tendons, and other tissues.

Diagnosis of gout depends on the medical history,physical examination and other diagnostic tests. Aspirated fluid sample test is also performed where in the fluid from the affected joint is aspirated by inserting a needle into the joint and testing for the presence of uric acid crystals. Treatment options include pain medications, life style changes, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. Your doctor may recommend uricosuric agents that decrease the concentration of uric acid or other agents that decrease the production of uric acid in the body.

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