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BEYOND LOCAL: What is gout? What you need to know about this painful disease

Chiropodist Shannon Youn says, if you have it, you'll know it

Abibsi says gout “hurts like hell,” and your joints, often in the foot or big toe, will become swollen in a matter of days.

“The immune system of the joint doesn’t like this uric acid [and] attacks its own joint to get rid of this unwanted guest,” she said.

Dye-Torrington says another sign of gout can be a low-grade fever.


“In more severe cases, gout could affect more than one joint.”

Youn says symptoms can last for about a week and besides the toe, gout can also happen in the knee, angle, mid-foot, wrist and elbow.