Symptoms of Gout

Gout is characterized by sudden, recurrent attacks that often occur without warning. Severe, chronic gout may lead to deformity of the body. While each individual may experience symptoms differently, the most common symptoms include:

  • Severe, sudden pain in one or more joints (most often the joint in the big toe)
  • Swollen joint(s)
  • Red or purplish, tight, shiny skin over the joint
  • Warmth in the joint area
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • General feeling of illness
  • Tophi (hard lumps of urate crystal deposits) under the skin

Anatomy of the foot

The symptoms of gout may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.