Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. Untreated, it can lead to permanent joint damage and destruction of tissue. Today, more than 8.3 million Americans are living with gout – a number that has increased sevenfold over the past five decades. Unfortunately, just 10 percent of gout sufferers are getting needed, ongoing treatment. The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society is a nonprofit organization of health care professionals dedicated to raising awareness about gout arthritis, with the aim of improving the quality of care and minimizing the burden of gout. The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society offers complimentary resources for both the public and medical professionals.