1. Swollen big toe
One of the first symptoms that manifest in people with gout is a painful swelling that occurs suddenly and that tends to be extremely painful, as a consequence of the crystallization of uric acid. Often, this swelling will occur in the joint of the big toe, and the pain can be so harsh that it will feel like a bone has been broken.
It will happen suddenly in the middle of the night, and it will be so intense that even the lightest touch will provoke an intense feeling of pain.
The toe will also become warm and red, and this symptom occurs in the toe because it is the joint that is further away from the heart, meaning it has the lowest body temperature, making it the place the crystals are most likely to deposit.
The attacks can last from a couple of days to a few weeks, and after the gout pain goes away, there is a chance it won’t come back for months or even years.