Gout is a disease hallmarked by elevated levels of uric acid
in your blood. In this condition, crystals of monosodium urate (MSU) or uric acid
are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.
Gout is characterized by excruciating, sudden, unexpected, burning pain, as well as swelling, redness, warmth, and stiffness in the affected joint. This occurs most commonly in men's toes but can appear in other parts of the body and affect women as well.