How Bursitis Can Affect Your Feet


The condition called bursitis is a debilitating and painful inflammatory response to stress and pressure. Bursitis usually affects the shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow, but it can also affect the foot where it can be mistaken for Achilles tendonitis.

The small fluid-filled sacs called bursae are located where bones, ligaments, and tendons meet, creating a cushion that lubricates movement. When the bursae in the foot are irritated from stressful activities such as exercise, sports, and physical labor, it can result in pain and swelling on the back of the heel.

Some treatments for bursitis include:

1)    Reduce the swelling—Discomfort and inflammation from bursitis will gradually decrease after resting and icing the swollen area. Apply an ice pack twice a day for fifteen minutes each time. Ibuprofen or Tylenol will also reduce pain and swelling. Raising your leg above your heart allows fluid to drain more easily.

2)    Relieve stiffness and increase strength—Strengthening and flexing exercises will help relieve stiffness and decrease discomfort and pain after the swelling has subsided.

3)    Start activities slowly—Triggering another outbreak of bursitis can be avoided by beginning slowly when you start doing activities again. Make an effort to alternate your movements to avoid repetitive motions and stress that could cause bursitis to flare up.

If you have pain in your heel, it is essential to seek the expert care of your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.