What Are Symptoms of Gout?
The large joint at the base of the big toe (first metatarsalphylangeal joint) is the most common site for a gout attack, however, any other joint can be affected. Most commonly other joints affected are the ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows.
Patients with gout attacks suffer a rapid onset of pain in the affected joint followed by swelling, redness, and severe tenderness. Some experience pain so intense that even the light touch of a bed sheet on the joint is excruciating. These painful attacks can last from hours to several days. In cases of chronic inflammation the attack may last for weeks. Unfortunately, patients with gout are at risk for repeated attacks of gouty arthritis.