Gout is a metabolic disease where your uric acids elevate and form crystals. These crystals are painful as they are deposited in your joints, most commonly in the big toe. Gout may partly happen due to hereditary genes, but is more often caused by eating foods high in uric acid, obesity, and/or alcohol consumption. If left untreated, the pain associated with gout can last for weeks. This usually involves disability, swelling, and redness. However, medications (oral and injections), supportive dressings, and special shoes can help these attacks only last a few days. After a gout attack, consult with your podiatrist/physician to find out the cause of these attacks and how to prevent them in the future.