A gout attack can affect different parts of the body.

Gout occurs when excess uric acid is deposited as needle-shaped crystals in tissues or joints of the body. The first symptom of gout is excruciating pain and swelling, often following illness or injury.

Symptoms of a gout attack in the ankle are:

  • The ankle is very painful;
  • The ankle might be red, swollen and hot to touch;
  • The ankle might be extremely sensitive to the touch;
  • Other symptoms such as fever, headache, rapid heart rate or sickness may occur.

How long can a gout attack last?

If left untreated, a gout attack can last from 3 days to 2 weeks, until the inflammation reduces and the pain passes. The skin over the affected joint is usually itchy and peels off.

If you suspect you have gout or have had a gout attack, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

The early diagnosis and treatment of gout make a difference in the course of the disease.

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