If you’ve been diagnosed with gout, you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, thanks to outdated ideas about what causes it. Gout is sometimes called “the disease of kings” because people wrongly think the condition stems from indulging in rich foods and drinking too much alcohol.
No one wants to have gout. The tenderness in the big toe joint, where it typically strikes, can be intensely uncomfortable and limit mobility. On top of all that, many women who’ve just learned they have gout are often surprised and even embarrassed by the news.