Gout is an extremely painful condition, which is characterized by attacks of arthritis and result in red, hot, swollen and tender joint. It is referred to as podagra when the big toe is involved. The sharp increase in the levels of uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind this condition. It tends to crystallize and gets deposited in joints, tendons and the tissues that surround them, thereby resulting in debilitating pain.

Gout attack victims can expect some relief with steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or colchicines. Certain lifestyle changes can be effective in obtaining long term relief once the symptoms of the condition subside. Around 1-2 percent of the population in the West is believed to have been affected by gout once in their entire lifetime. Also known as ‘rich man’s disease’, it is linked to diet changes and increase in life expectancy.