Gout is also called metabolic arthritis because it is a disease that is due to a congenital problem with the metabolism of uric acid. During an attack of gout the urate crystals are deposited in the cartilage of the joints and in particular tendons. This provokes an inflammatory response that results in severe pain and distress.
Gout is the result of an elevated level of uric acid in the blood stream. This uric acid can also result in kidney stones. Sufferers usually also have a low grade fever.
There are two sources of pain from the inflammation. In the first the crystals inside the joint and tendons cause intense pain when the joint is moved. In the second the inflammation around the joint can be sore and tender. Patients experience swelling, redness, warmth and stiffness of the joint.
Gout often attacks portions of the foot and most often the big …