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Is Bursitis Causing your Heel Pain?

Heel pain is by far the most common pain complaint we deal with in our office. And much of the time, our physical assessment and the patient’s clinical presentation leads us to a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. However, it is important to note that there are several other conditions which cause heel pain. Today we are going to discuss bursitis, a secondary potential cause of heel pain.

What are “bursa?”

Bursa have a normal function in the body, and are small fluid-filled sacs that are located between the bone and the muscle, skin or a tendon. Bursa function to prevent abnormal friction between these structures and help to enable smooth gliding.  

Bursitis

Burisits occurs when the normally occurring bursa within various areas of the body become abnormally inflamed. This inflammation results in significant pain and discomfort. There are two common kinds of bursitis of the heel. The first is retrocalcaneal bursitis, which occurs at the back of the heel, near the Achilles tendon. The second is calcaneal bursitis, which occurs in the bursa on the bottom of the foot in the heel. Bursitis is often linked to Achilles tendonitis, and these conditions often occur with overuse injuries. Some signs and symptoms of bursitis include heel pain while bearing weight, walking and running or when the area is touched. The area could be red, hot and swollen as well.  Often individuals with a rigorous workout schedule or runners are more at risk for developing bursitis.Bursitis is conservatively treated with stretching, rest, ice, elevation and NSAIDS, like ibuprofen. However, sometimes bursitis becomes more chronic in nature and requires orthotics or laser therapy.

To know for sure whether your heel pain is caused by bursitis or something like plantar fasciitis, you need to see an expert. Give us a call at 519-624-4122 to book your appointment. We can get you back on your feet and active as soon as possible!

 

 

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