Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects joints, most commonly the joint at the base of the big toe. It occurs due to the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissues, leading to pain, swelling, and inflammation. While gout most commonly affects the big toe, it can also impact other joints in the body. The joints that gout can affect include:
- Big Toe: The metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is one of the most common sites for gout attacks. This is known as podagra.
- Other Foot Joints: Gout can also affect other joints in the feet, including the ankles, midfoot, and heels.
- Knees: Gout can cause inflammation and pain in the knee joints.
- Ankles: The ankles can be affected by gout, leading to pain, swelling, and discomfort.
- Wrists: Gout can also impact the wrist joints, causing pain and inflammation.
- Fingers and Elbows: While less common, gout can affect the finger joints and elbow joints as well.
It’s worth noting that gout tends to affect one joint at a time and often comes in sudden, intense attacks that can last for a few days to a week or more. Over time, if left untreated, gout can lead to the development of tophi, which are lumps of uric acid crystals that can form under the skin, and joint damage due to chronic inflammation.
All of my gout flare ups or attacks have been on my feet and ankles. I think this is the case for most people. Unfortunately when it affects the feet or knee areas, walking becomes very painful thus limiting your ability go anywhere.