The bottom of my left heel became tender late last week--imagine coming down hard on a pebble while walking barefoot, for example (although I have no memory of doing anything like that).
This is probably day 5, and it's still tender (although slightly improved from last week).
I assumed bruise--but I thought about two things today that made me wonder about the possibility of gout: A family friend said he had gout in his heel the last time I was over there (I didn't know that was a place gout struck), and I had a first-ever kidney stone attack last week. (Aren't gout and kidney stones both connected to uric acid imbalance, or something??)
Would gout in your heel feel anything like a bruise?
Just out of curiosity, is it more sore in the morning when you first wake up, or after you've been walking around on it for a while?
Could potentially be plantar fasciitis as well.
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Never heard of gout in the heel, it is in the joints. Also a sign of gout would be redness and swelling
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From Dr. Weil's page:
And, like I said, my elderly friend was complaining of gout in his heel (although I didn't clarify with him exactly what that meant...)...Gout is a painful, arthritic condition of the joints. It usually strikes the big toes, but it can also affect the ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows.
Gout is one of those things that if you have it, you know it. I ended up going to urgent care on several occasions because any pressure at all on my foot was excruciating. If it comes and goes and you can still put pressure on it, it's probably either just a bruise or something else. If it tends to get worse, or the soreness moves to the other foot, etc, you may want to have your uric acid level tested.
I take a daily medication now to control my uric acid levels and luckily havent had any issues in about two years.
One leg might be shorter than the other causing one heel to hit harder when you walk. That may be something to consider.
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