Gout is a type of arthritis in which small crystals form inside and around the joints. It causes sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling.
- Gout is caused by a build-up of a substance called uric acid in the blood
- Obesity, high blood pressure and/or diabetes
- Having a close relative with gout
- Kidney problems
- Eating foods that cause a build-up of uric acid, such as red meat, offal and seafood
- Drinking too much beer or spirits