Plantar Fasciitis or Gout

May 6, 2011 by  
Filed under plantar-fasciitis

At some point in your life, you’re bound to suffer from foot pain.  Perhaps a day after a long hike, running, or a day trip to Disneyland with the kids, it’s not uncommon to experience some foot discomfort and swelling.  But if this foot pain goes on past 2 days, then there is most likely something a little more serious going on.  Plantar fasciitis or gout are two of the most commonly reported foot injuries.

Let’s take a look at what makes them similar and how to tell them apart, before we jump straight into the best plantar fasciitis treatment and ways to treat gout.

First what is gout?  Gout is often referred to as gouty arthritis.  It is described as red, hot, quick, onset pain and inflammation of the joints.  It particular affects the joints in the feet.  It most commonly affects men over the age of 40.  Gouty arthritis of the foot can be diagnosed and discovered by finding uric acid crystals in joint fluid.  Overtime, these uric acid crystals get larger in numbers and eventually cause swelling and inflammation of the joints in your foot.

As the number of gout attacks increase, so does the damage to your joints which can develop into chronic arthritis.

What are some causes of gout?  Some things you can control and others are totally out of your hands.  For example, if you are a Black American, British, or parents have suffered from gout – your chances go up significantly, as much as 20% higher!  If you drink a lot of beer and enjoy a diet that is rich in red meats, internal organs, yeast, and oily fish, then your risk for gout  increases.  Taking certain types of medications can put you at a higher risk as well.  Medications such as blood pressure pills, diuretics, aspirin, nicotinic acid, allopurinal, probenecid and cyclosporin A can all increase your chances of suffering from gout.

But what about plantar fasciitis?  Where gout affects the joints of the foot, plantar fasciitis is pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, more commonly referred to as the bottom of the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury that develops over an extended period of time and rarely develops overnight.  The plantar fascia is a thin band of tissue that connects at your heel bone and runs along the bottom of your foot and connects again at the base of your toes.

There are many plantar fasciitis symptoms but some of the more frequently reported include: heel pain when you first step out of bed in the morning.  It may feel as if you are walking on broken glass.  Foot pain that is located at the center of your heel when you put weight on your foot.  A slight pulling sensation in your heel.  A dull aching or sharp, burning pain in the bottom of your foot.

If any of the above symptoms sound all too familiar to you, then there is a good chance that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and not gout.

So what is the best, quickest and most effective way to treat plantar fasciitis?  Well, I can tell you that as someone who’s suffered from plantar fasciitis, I can tell you that there is no positive relationship between the amount of money you spend and the speed at which the pain disappears.  To be frank, doctors, podiatrists, massage therapy, cortisone shots, and custom orthotic shoes will only take away your money and not your foot pain, gout or plantar fasciitis!

In fact, all it really takes to completely cure and treat plantar fasciitis are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room, while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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