2. Use a Cold Compress
A cold compress is always the go-to for any kind of swelling. This is no different for gout. Reader’s Digest suggests soaking the affected area in cold water rather than using ice because in some instances, ice can damage the skin and make the condition worse.
However, WebMD does write that gout can be soothed with a cold pack or ice wrapped in a thin towel. This source recommends applying it to the joint for up to 20-minutes a few times a day. If you suffer from diabetes or nerve problems, do not apply ice to the hands or feet.