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Lake Alfred, FL
A 61-year-old female asked:

I was diagnosed with gout 2 years ago and have had five episodes in foot, knee, hand. i now have a severe pain in the heel (bottom) of my left foot. can this be gout? i take allopurinol daily and predizone with flair-ups.

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Saunders
42 years experience
Doubtful. : It is probably plantar fasciitis. Similar pain, but there is no joint space in the bottom of the heel, so gout is really uinlikely.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
It may: Or may not be it could be plantar fascitiis. To know if it is you could look for the classic signs of a red hot region. Plantar fascitiis is just painful it does not get red and hot. Gout, would be painful at night in bed, fascitiis is typically painful in the morning on the first few steps. Uric acid levels can be checked in blood as well to help differentiate.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Not: A usual area for gout . You need a joint for gout.More likely plantar fasciatis.

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