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Gout Diet: Foods To Avoid If You Have Joint Pain (PHOTOS)

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Gout is an extremely painful inflammation of the joints caused by a buildup of needle-sharp uric-acid crystals. The big toe is the most common target, but gout can attack the feet, ankles, knees, and hands as well.

An attack or "flare" can last for days or months. Men and obese people are at greater risk. If you're prone to gout, the foods you eat -- and don't eat -- play a key role in keeping your joints pain-free.

Here are eight foods to avoid:

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