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Commonly characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis, gout is a hot and extremely tender swelling of the joint.

Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which leads to the deposit of uric acid crystals within a joint. This causes inflammation. Joints will become swollen and can possibly lose function altogether.

The most common location for gout tends to be at the base of the big toe, however, it may show up in other joints such as heels, knees, wrists and fingers. It is also possible for gout to manifest itself as tophi, kidney stones, or urate nephropathy (also a function of the kidneys).

There is also a less common form of gout caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate. This form of gouty arthritis is known as pseudo gout.

When uric acid levels and other gout symptoms cannot be successfully controlled, this is referred to as refractory chronic gout (RCG).

During early stages gout will usually occur in only one joint, but over time, it can spread to other joints becoming particularly painful and potentially debilitating if not successfully treated.

In our clinic we first target the advancement of the disease and than the effected parts are treated.