DEAR DOCTOR K: What caused my gout? Will avoiding certain foods prevent flare-ups?
DEAR READER: Gout is a painful joint condition. I know, because I've suffered from it. I spoke to my Harvard Medical School colleague, rheumatologist Dr. Robert Shmerling, to get the latest information. Gout attacks come on suddenly, with sharp pain, often in a single joint. The big toe is a common target.