Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that mainly affects one joint at a time, most commonly the big toe joint, and strikes unexpectedly. The formation of uric acid crystals in the joints causes swelling and discomfort.
Anyone can be affected by gout. Men are more likely than women to develop it. In women, it usually happens after menopause. It's because men have greater uric acid levels during the majority of their lifetimes and they are three times more likely than women to develop it. After menopause, women's uric acid levels reach this level.
Short Term Risks: Fever, swelling, redness, feet discomfort
Long Term Risks: Limited range of motion, destruction of a joint, kidney stones