The American College of Rheumatology states that a rheumatologist treats gout. While other doctors can diagnose the condition, a rheumatologist is the specialist trained to treat gout.
The American College of Rheumatology explains that gout is a condition of painful joint swelling in the feet, particularly the big toe. Food, alcohol, sugary drinks and some medications can contribute to the condition. Gout occurs when elevated amounts of uric acid are present in the body. This condition can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes. It can be a lifelong condition that requires treatment for acute attacks as well as for chronic symptoms.