Can gout cause arthritis?
In its chronic stage, gout can affect many joints, including those of the hands. But this can take a few years to happen. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, gout is a well-understood and highly treatable disease. Medications are available to stabilize uric acid levels and relieve acute pain and inflammation.
That pain in your knee might be from your osteoarthritis (OA). Then again, it might be from gout you didn't realize you have. Gout, which can occur with OA, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), results when uric acid crystals are deposited in joint tissue.
- When the flare starts, most people have redness, swelling, and severe pain, usually in one joint. The most common place for gout is the base of the big toe, but it can happen in other joints such as the elbow, knee, wrist, ankle, and instep.
- Susceptibility to gout is often inherited and is often associated with other common illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Repeat attacks of gout are common if the body's uric acid level is not kept under control.
- Gout and Dairy. Researchers have known for years that dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt help increase the excretion of uric acid in the body. There is a substance in milk called orotic that helps uric acid to be removed by the kidneys.
Updated: 4th December 2019