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Gout is a form of Arthritis that causes an imbalance of uric acid in the body affecting more men than women.

The main symptom is a throbbing pain in the big toe with associated swelling. Usually only one of the big toes is affected. The pain lasts for around three or four hours and will then subside and usually not return for a few months.

It can be controlled by drugs, which your GP will be able to prescribe. The application of ice or cooling lotions will help during an acute phase.