Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling of the joints.
The most common joint affected is the first joint of the big toe. Other joints that may develop gout include the ankle, foot, hand, wrist and elbow.
Gout occurs more often in men than in women. However, uric acid levels in women increase after menopause, making them more susceptible to gout.