As mentioned, the symptoms of gout often come in waves. This means that a person will have an extreme amount of pain for a short time and then it will recede a bit. However, often times after the pain from a gout attack has passed, a person may find that their joint areas are still very tender. This tenderness could be felt in the big toe or in other areas of the body as well. It will be especially noticeable throughout the joints.
Typically, a person with gout will describe this tenderness as radiating pain throughout the rest of the body. You may notice that pain or tenderness is felt throughout the entire foot, but it is often more focused in the toe area. This pain can last for several weeks and can make walking or even standing extremely difficult.