Uric acid levels in the blood (hyperuricemia) are a key factor in the development of gout. Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines, which are part of many foods we eat. When there is too much uric acid in the body, it can form crystals that deposit in and damage joints, leading to inflammation and arthritis pain.
While doctors don’t know for sure what causes gout, they believe that several factors may contribute, including:
- Elevated uric acid levels in the blood (hyperuricemia)
- A family history of gout
- Being overweight or obese
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Consuming high amounts of certain foods that
Gout symptoms may come and go, but there are ways to manage them. You can prevent flares by doing things that will help.
You may suddenly get gout. This means you will feel like your big toe is on fire. It will be hot, swollen and very tender.