Gout is a type of arthritis typically found in the fingers, wrists, ankles and toes, affecting individual joints or multiple joints at the same time.

It is caused by a build-up of uric acid which deposits crystals into the joints leading to inflammation and significant pain.

Uric acid is typically processed and excreted by the kidneys, however if there is too much in the body or the kidneys are not functioning effectively, it can accumulate in the body. Gout can be treated with steroids or anti-inflammatories once recognised.