If you feel pain and stiffness in your body or have trouble moving around, you might have arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is often related to aging or to a joint injury. Other types of arthritis can occur when your immune system, which normally protects your body from infection, attacks your body’s own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this type of arthritis. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of the disease that occurs in children.
Gout is another type of arthritis, and can be very painful. An attack of gout can begin when crystals of uric acid form in the connective tissue or joint spaces. These deposits can lead to swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joint. Gout attacks often follow eating foods like shellfish, liver, dried beans, peas, anchovies, or gravy. Using alcohol, being overweight, and certain medications may also make gout worse. In older people, some blood pressure medicines can also increase the chance of a gout attack. The big toe is one of the sites most often affected by gout.