Inflammation of joints caued by a buildup of uric acid. It doesn’t sound like much, to th inexperienced. The classic picture of a gout sufferer was an obese old man who had too much “high living”, and was now paying the price by having a pain in his toe.
A pain your toe! How bad can that be? Ha!
People who think that way have never had gout. Note that, when your toe hurts, you can’t walk, and every step you have to take is agony. Consider that, for the purposes of Gout, “Toe” consists of quite a bit of your foot as well. Finally, “pain in the toe” doesn’t begin to do the feeling justice. It realy feels as if someone with a sadistic streak has actually grabbed he tendon attached to tha toe, and is attempting to pul it off of your bones by force alone. Every now and then he changes his grip, and the direction of pulling, so that you are constantly getting new experiences of pain, even if you lie still. The pain will keep you awake. If you’re asleep, it will wake you. In an attack that’s really getting going, your toe will swell, turn red, and accumulate great heat. (I once tried to cool it with ice wrapped i a towel, but the towel was too irritating. I applied the ice directly to the foot, and could see it rapidly melting. at that point, I simply filled a bucket with ice and water and plunged my whole foot in. Best idea I ever had.)
To equate it to a stubbed toe is ludicrous. Gout is to a stubbed toe as migraine is to a normal headache.
Finally, consider that it can strike any joint. Even joints you didn’t know you had. As I write, my elbow is still under gout attack. Anti-inflammatories have weakened the attack, but not killed it. Yet. Ouch.