Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot and swollen joint. The joint at the base of the big toe is affected in about half of cases. - Wikipedia
There are a plethora of exotic and varied theories with regard to uric acid and gout. There are also several prescribed medications that you can take every day to keep from having gout events.
I have found that rather than take body chemistry-altering drugs every day, it is simpler to deal with an event when it happens. This is especially true of gout and there is a simple and healthy and natural way to do this.
When the first signs of gout pain begin to appear, take 500mg of pantothenic acid and 6 tart cherry extract capsules. Repeat this 4 to 6 hours later.
You should see the pain dissipating and the condition retreating within 12 hours. Gout is very easily treatable. You can repeat this regimen for a few days to make sure that it does not return.