Re: any one with gout??
You can have gout in just about any joint in the body. My gout is rarely in the same place as last time, but it is (in my case) always somewhere in my feet. It is also common in the arms and hands. I rarely get it in the big toes, but often in the arch and heel, and sometimes in the ankle.
Gout is due to an excess of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of foods called purines and arthritic gout is caused when the uric acid is not eliminated sufficiently by the kidneys, and is precipitated in and around the joints - the inflammatory reaction of the tissue to the uric acid causes the gout pain. It occurs in the body's extremities where blood circulation is restricted and body temperature is lower.
As far as I know there is no cure for gout - once you have it, you have it for life.
That said some medications are effective against it. Exercise too seems to help.
Most advice is to avoid alcohol since it depletes water from the body. Gout is often referred to as the 'drinker's disease'. (This seems to be because drinkers often have an impaired kidney function.)
The medications are usually (1) allopurinol, which helps lower the production of uric acid, or (2) colchicine (derived from a plant bulb). Allopurinol has to be taken continuously to be effective, but colchicine can be used to reduce the effects of a sudden gout attack. I have never found colchicine to be very effective and it can have serious side effects.
Blood tests for uric acid can be used to check for gout, although the point of onset of painful gout can vary from person to person. The unique feature of gout is that one morning it is there, extremely painful, but a few days later, or even next day, it can be completely gone. Exercise when you have gout must be avioded as it can make it much worse. Resting the affected joint, or keeping your weight of your feet it essential. Use crutches if you must move about.
Many potential sufferers avoid gout by careful attention to diet and avoidance of purine-rich foods.
Research it further and you will find plenty of information available.
Good luck with it.