Another common sign of gout is tenderness. This symptom often develops after the initial pain of the gout attack has subsided. The tenderness is often long-lasting and it affects the joint of the big toe, or whatever another joint that the uric acid has built up in. This symptom can be experienced directly at the site of the affected joint, or it can radiate and reverberate from the joint and out through the entire body.
If only one of your big toes is affected by gout, there is a chance that you will also experience tenderness in the entire food of the affected toe. This tenderness can affect your ability to walk, making you limp or hobble. It can also extend all the way up to and beyond your knee. The tenderness can last for several weeks, and it may be difficult to walk or stand while your body is trying to heal itself.