Joints are an important part of your body. They form the connections between bones, allowing us to move freely. Everyday movements, particularly repetitive movements, often eventually lead to joint pain, the medical term for which is arthralgia. Some joint pain is a natural by-product of aging, resulting from bones and joints becoming weaker and more vulnerable to injury. In addition to aging, there is a wide array of diseases and conditions that can lead to joint pain.
One of the most common causes of joint pain is gout. Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause periods of intense pain to occur, known as gout attacks. During such periods, patients with gout will usually experience swelling in the affected joints. Gout can also affect the big toe. The main cause of gout is a build-up of uric acid in the blood. This component accumulates, forming hard crystals in the joints and leading to pain and inflammation. If left untreated, gout can cause permanent damage to the joints, tendons, and other tissues. Your doctor can help you develop a treatment plan to manage the condition.
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