Common symptoms of gout include severe pain and extreme tenderness from inflamed joints, deeply-reddish or purplish marks surrounding the affected joints, restricted joint movement and itching and peeling of the skin around the swollen joints, which typically signal improved condition. Gout symptoms may manifest as a result of a prior illness or after undergoing surgery, states WebMD.
Gout is a painful medical condition that develops due to an accumulation of uric acid in the body, specifically in the joints, notes the United States National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus. Instead of dissolving in the blood and being excreted through urination, the uric acid collects and forms needle-like crystals. These crystals get deposited in the joints, which leads to periodic inflammation, heat, tenderness, pain and tenderness in the affected areas.
The signs and indications leading to a gout attack are completely spontaneous and generally occur during nighttime, explains Mayo Clinic. However, the onset of symptoms and the site of the gouty joints may vary from patient to patient.
At the outset, most cases of gout attacks impact the joints in the big toe. Medically referred to as "podagra," this symptom usually occurs at night. Podagra is characterized by intense pain that may rapidly worsen and extend for several hours. After the initial pain abates, a niggling discomfort may likely remain in the affected joints.
Aside from the big toe, gout can also occur in the joints of the heels, knees, wrists, ankles, elbows and fingers. Patients diagnosed with chronic, or long-term gout, may experience less pain compared those who suffer from acute attacks.