Gout is an acute form of arthritis. A disturbance of metabolism where there is an increased amount of uric acid, resulting in deposits of uric acid crystals around joints, especially fingers and toes. Uric acid is a breakdown product of nucleic acid and found in all living tissue. Excess amounts are usually excreted in the urine but any hold up may cause crystals to be formed. Untreated it effects the arteries. The incidence of this condition is 20 times more common in men than women.