Hello, I've been dealing with some heel pain, and the symptoms seem to mimic both "Heel Pad Syndrome" and Plantar Fasciitis. I'm an avid runner, and this is obviously a result of my training. First thing in the morning, my first steps are painful, but the pain goes away within minutes and I'm mostly pain free for the majority of the day. Towards the evening, the pain comes back and the cycle begins again. Ice and Ibuprofen help greatly. Also, if I have pain while running, it only lasts for the first minute or two and then i'm good. These symptoms all seem consistent with Plantars. However, after reading about Heel Pad Syndrome, I realized that the pain in my heel is more consistent with this. Meaning, if I push my thumb into the middle of the heel its extremely sore. The pain isn't at the edge of the heel near the arch. I also have pain on the outer edge of my heel, and the Achilles is slightly sore. Lastly, I've had gout attacks in the past which have to some degree caused me to alter my gait running as to not "hammer" the first metatarsal head and cause aggravation. When my heel does start to hurt on a run, I also feel pain on the bottom of that joint, so something makes me think that the fascia from my big toe to the heel is tight.