Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men.
It is caused by too much uric acid in the blood.
The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe. You can also get gout attacks in your heels, knees, wrists, elbows foot, ankle or knees or other joints. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away.
Warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, usually big toe joint.
- Very red or purplish skin around the affected joint. The joint may appear to be infected.
- Limited movement in the affected joint.
- Peeling and itching of the skin around the affected joint as the gout gets better.