Aside from podagra or an extreme tenderness and pain in a big toe joint, symptoms of gout include impaired movement in the joint, a purplish or red appearance around the joint, and an itching and peeling of the skin as the condition heals, according to WebMD. Gout is also known to affect a patient's fingers, knees, ankles, elbows and wrists. The condition can also manifest as nodules on a patient's ears, hands or elbows.
Most gout symptoms occur at night and appear without warning, reports Mayo Clinic. When the intense joint pain lessens, the tenderness can linger for several days or weeks. The affected joints take on an inflamed appearance and feel warm to the touch. As the condition progresses, mobility in the affected joint decreases.
Gout symptoms are either acute or chronic, according to Healthline. Chronic gout symptoms are caused by recurring episodes over a period of time, while acute symptoms appear suddenly and linger for a shorter time period. Acute gout symptoms such as swelling, redness and pain,are the main symptoms of gout attacks. When these attacks occur at night, they often wake the patient up and cause intense pain with the slightest touch or movement. These acute symptoms are often most intense for 12 to 24 hours, but can last for as long as 10 days. Chronic symptoms tend to go away completely in between gout attacks.