The Difference Between Gout and Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis and gout are two leading causes of foot pain for Americans. Both conditions result in debilitating foot pain but differ when it comes to a few symptoms. Below we have explained the difference between gout and plantar fasciitis in detail, so you’ll be able to identify your symptoms.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis affects a flat band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs along the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. Straining or damaging the ligament causes tiny tears, creating the environment for plantar fasciitis to develop. Most people with plantar fasciitis experience pain within the first few moments of their day. After the first few steps, pain may decrease. However, your feet may hurt more as the day progresses. Extended periods of inactivity, like sitting or standing, may lead to increased pain.

gout flare-ups

"The plantar fascia contracts subtly while you are sitting there. And when it contracts and you take that first step on the foot, you stretch it out. It puts a lot of stress on that heel and it causes a pain." - Dr. Meredith Warner
The following activities may cause repeated strain to the plantar fascia, and lead to plantar fasciitis:
  • Excessive Pronation
  • High arches or flat feet
  • Being overweight
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Walking, running, or standing for long periods of times
  • Tight Achilles Tendons or calf muscles

Gout

gout flare-ups

Gout is a common complex form of arthritis. The condition is known for sudden, severe instances of pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness in the joints. Gout flare-ups occur suddenly, with pain being most severe within the first four hours. Discomfort may last for a few days or weeks. A build-up of urate crystals in your joints causes inflammation and severe pain experienced during gout flare-ups. Unlike plantar fasciitis, gout is linked to arthritis and affects the joints, not the ligaments in the feet.

How Do I Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Sliding your feet into The Healing Sole first thing in the morning encourages healing and recovery. With your first step, The Healing Sole gently stretches the plantar fascia. As your foot pushes off, the rocker bottom sole sways to reduce tension. When your foot meets the ground again, the compressible heel and raised arch absorb the weight of the body. Soft neoprene straps help to hold your foot in place as you move. We equipped the latest version of The Healing Sole with a durable outsole. Now our flip-flops last even longer and can support extended outdoor wear!