Gout on the feet appears swollen and red, and it often occurs at the joint of the base of the big toe, according to Mayo Clinic. The joints are usually warm and tender. Symptoms of gout generally occur suddenly and without warning, and they often come on at night.
Gout is usually most painful for the first four to 12 hours, notes Mayo Clinic. It may wake a person with a burning sensation that may be extremely sensitive to the touch. When the initial severe pain starts to fade, there is usually a period of joint discomfort that lasts days or even weeks. If a gout attack occurs again later in life, more joints are usually affected, and the pain and discomfort may last even longer than the first attack. As gout progresses over time, it may decrease mobility in the joints.
Gout is a type of arthritis that affects men most often, although postmenopausal women may be at an increased risk, according to Mayo Clinic. It is important to have gout diagnosed and treated by a doctor quickly to prevent it from causing joint damage and increased pain. If a joint with gout becomes infected, it is important to seek immediate medical assistance. Signs of an infection include a hot and inflamed joint and a fever.