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5 Plus 5: Tips to Identify and Prevent Bursitis Pain

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Feet in SandHave you been training all-out for the Terrain Phoenix Mud Run on Saturday, April 25? Conquering the mud and obstacles to reach the finish line can make you feel like a hero—unless you end up limping around afterwards with foot pain. You could have bursitis pain from an inflamed bursa sac in your heel or toe, but how do you know if it is that or something else? Here are some symptoms that might give a clue:

  • Pain in the joints of your feet—especially in morning or after activity

  • Swelling around your big toe or heel where the bursa sacs are located

  • A hot feeling or redness and inflammation in those or other joints

  • A feeling of weakness and instability in your foot

  • Difficulty moving your big toe or ankle area

If you have had a recent injury, or have been overstressing the joints in your feet, bursitis can be the reason. Still, other conditions may have similar signs, so if the pain continues, come in and have us take a look at your feet. We can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and offer at-home and other treatments that can help.

If you would rather head off the problem in the first place, there are some precautions you can take:

  • If you are on your feet a lot at work, take rest breaks or switch from one foot to the other. If training, cross over to other forms of exercise to avoid always moving your feet the same way.

  • Keep your weight under control: the more pounds you carry the more you stress your joints.

  • Keep moving so your joints don’t stiffen up; even just lifting heels and toes or rotating your ankles while sitting can keep your joints limber.

  • Make sure you warm up and stretch properly before intense activity—even your feet.

  • Make wise shoe choices; roomy fronts, cushioned insoles, and special heel cups (if needed to absorb the shock of your steps) can prevent many problems.

Prevent bursitis pain so you can still do the fun things you want to do. Come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona and let us help. Contact our Chandler office by phone (480) 963-9000 or Fax (480) 963-0375, and the Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800 or (480) 981-0229 (FAX). See you at the Mud Run!

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