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Question: Do I have gout, or Ankylosing Spondylitis, or Reiter's syndrome, or what? I woke up a few days ago with severe pain in my left foot heal area. On the bottom of my foot, in the back on the heal, and a little on the sides of my heal as well. The more I walked on my foot, the worse the pain got. By the end of the day, I could not walk at all. Rest helps the pain a lot, as long as I am off of my feet, it feels fine. But walking or sitting up too long causes severe pain in my heal. I am a smoker, a drinker, and I am about 35 pounds over weight, I am not very active, and I do not work, so I can't figure out what happened, it's not like I am an athlete or something an got an injury. Other then chasing my 2 little kids around, I am not that active. I haven't smoked or drank in 2 days, hoping it might help me feel better, and so far, the foot pain is getting better, plus being off my feet alot has helped, which is easy to do since I had surgery yesterday at the hospital to have a cystic tumor removed from my left ovary, but that's a whole different issue. Also, there is NO swelling, NO redness, NO warmth around the heal, no visible signs of anything, just pain aching in my heal, no visible signs at all of trauma, and occassonally very very sharp pains along with the achyness too, all of this only located in my heal of one foot.

Answer: Sounds like you may have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tendons in the feet. It causes heel pain and makes it difficult to walk. Rolling your heels on a frozen bottle of water will help to decrease swelling & inflammation. You may need an antiinflammatory or even cortesone shots in your feet. I had this problem and hobbled around like a senior citizen for over a year until I got so sick & tired of hobbling that I went to a podiatrist. He xrayed my feet, gave me cortesone shots, and I bought orthotic inserts to put in my shoes. I stopped walking barefoot around the house, and wore my good sneakers with the inserts to work every day. I couldn't walk for exercise or walk on the treadmill for awhile.It took awhile, but it healed. I haven't had any trouble since then. I hope you get some relief. Best wishes.

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