Gout, a painful type of arthritis or joint inflammation, is most often the result of high levels of uric acid in your system. Everyone’s body produces this chemical, which is usually broken down and disposed of in urine.
Those of you who suffer from recurrent bouts of gout in foot, knees, or ankles are well aware of the intensity of pain this type of inflammatory arthritis can create. Even if you are taking regular medication to reduce the frequency of your flare-ups, most gout sufferers will still experience occasional gout symptoms in one or more joints.
Is gout hereditary? This is a question that likely plagues the children of gout sufferers, especially those who have witnessed firsthand the pain and inflammation that this disease creates. The fact is, there is a genetic link involved in the development of gout – but not until 2013 was the strength of that link established.