Gout is a very painful condition that involves a red, hot, swollen joint that lasts several days. The condition may come in episodes. The most common location in the foot this occurs is in the big toe joint. A podiatrist can work up the condition. X-rays may be needed to evaluate gouty arthritis, but a blood test for uric acid is very important. There are treatments for acute gout and gouty arthritis. Management of chronic gout may need to be administered by a primary care provider.  For more information, please click this link.