Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden, severe pain in the affected joint. The accumulation of uric crystals in the joint may cause a gout attack. Gout often occurs in the large joint of the big toe, although it may affect any joint, including ankles, elbows, fingers, knees, and wrists.
The most common symptom of gout is intense joint pain. This pain is nearly always sudden – there’s no slow build to a gout attack. However, after the initial attack, pain often lingers, sometimes for weeks.
In addition to joint pain, patients often experience inflammation and redness at the affected joint. The area may also feel tender and warm or appear swollen and red – or both.
Many forms of arthritis get worse over time, including gout. If this happens, it may inhibit normal movement.