The 2015 Arizona Renaissance Festival season ends on March 29 and you certainly don’t want to miss out on the impressive performances, lavish costumes, and delicious food and drink! However, if you have bursitis pain in joints of your feet, you probably don’t feel much like walking around all day, even for the fun, memorable experience offered by the festival.
You may have no idea what a bursa is unless you have had problems with one in the past. These fluid-filled sacs are important body parts that provide cushioning and decrease friction in joints for tissues like tendons and ligaments. Given that each foot and ankle is comprised of 33 joints, it should be no surprise that you have bursae (plural of bursa) there. Unfortunately, they can sometimes become inflamed and cause you pain and discomfort.
The two main areas of your feet that are more likely to experience this condition are your heel and big toe. With regard to your heel, bursitis can happen either on the bottom (calcaneal) or backside (retrocalcaneal). This condition often develops as a result of repetitive motion, so long-distance runners can be particularly susceptible.
The good news is that conservative measures can be quite effective in treating this condition. Rest, ice, medication, and physical therapy each have something to offer with regard to caring for your painful bursae. Rest allows the body to begin natural healing processes. Ice and medication can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Physical therapy can prevent recurrence and ease pain by strengthening the muscles in the affected area.
If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort in your joints that comes from bursitis, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. We will assess your situation, provide an accurate diagnosis, and then create an effective treatment plan for you. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler and Gilbert, AZ to better serve our patients who live in the Greater Phoenix area. Call us at (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler office or (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert office, or use our online form to request an appointment today.