Gout is a complex form of arthritis and largely impacts the joint at the base of the big toes. The pain associated with gout is sudden, severe, and can cause redness and tenderness in other joints.
This condition affects men and women, but often impacts women after menopause.
What are the symptoms of Gout?
Symptoms can occur suddenly, giving off the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint will feel hot, look swollen, and will feel very tender and sensitive. These signs often occur at night, without warning.
Pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists is also common.
What are the treatments?
Fortunately, it is treatable, and there are ways to reduce the risk that gout will recur.* If you experience sudden, intense pain in a joint, call your doctor. If this condition goes untreated, it can lead to worsening pain and joint damage.
Seek medical care immediately if you have a fever and a joint is hot and inflamed, which can be a sign of infection.
* Individual results may vary.