Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
6 minute read
18 Jan 2021
10:03 am

Why do people get gout?

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

High risk: a form of arthritis 

Foot of gout patient, Image: Istock

Gout is a type of arthritis that can affect anyone. The usual symptoms are sudden, burning pain, and stiffness and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, these attacks can lead to damage to your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause. Signs and symptoms The signs and symptoms of gout almost always occur suddenly, often at night and without warning. They include: Severe joint pain. Gout usually affects the large joint...