Are gout and gouty arthritis the same?

The short answer, yes. First and foremost, remember that gout is a form of arthritis. Arthritis is a broad term; there are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The important thing to note, though, is that arthritis is a joint disorder that involves some sort of inflammation.

Arthritis per se could mean osteoarthritis, or the arthritis we’ve all been accustomed to—the one that comes with age. If the arthritis (and the swelling) is caused by the deposit of uric acid crystals in the joint, then it is classified as gouty arthritis. By then you can call your medical condition under the broader “gout” term.

To keep it simple, think of “gouty” as an adjective for arthritis. So a gouty arthritis equals the noun, gout.

You might also encounter terms like acute gouty arthritis and chronic arthritis. Simply put, attaching the word “acute” to medical conditions simply means only one part of the body is affected. Chronic, on the other hand, is a condition that does not go away or happens repeatedly.

Gout accounts for only 5% of all cases of arthritis. 50% of all cases of gout happens in the big toe. However, it can also happen in the heel, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows.

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