Gout really is awful, my father had it and he said it was the worst disease he's ever had. I can remember him just sitting in his chair and if one of us even brushed lightly past him, he would be in pain from his feet and knees.
Now I know that gout is often caused by people eating really rich foods, like offal (liver and kidneys) and just red meat in general can cause it, as can alcohol (although dad wasn't really a drinker). Dad loved liver and had it all the time. So, I wish I could have told him back then, that he was making the knee and leg pain worse.
I've heard that eating blueberries and just a lot of fruit and vegetables in general is good for gout, although there are also medications you can take.
I'll have to keep up with it because it's genetic as well, so I have a chance of developing gout.