Gout is a complex form of arthritis characterized by sudden severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, particularly in at the base of the great toe. Gout results when your body produces too much uric acid and forms sharp urate crystals that accumulate around the joint causing inflammation and pain.
Pain is sharp and occurs suddenly-often at night. Intense joint pain usually occurs in the big toe, but also can occur in feet, ankles, knees, wrists and hands. The most severe pain lasts 12-24 hours The affected joints become swollen tender and red.
What to expect from physical therapy
Treatment for gout usually involves medication to control the inflammation. The physical therapist will develop an exercise program to regain strength and flexibility in the affected areas.