Not everything is as it seems on the surface, which is exactly the point of the unusual “holiday” called the Smoke and Mirrors Day. On March 29, people celebrate illusion and misdirection that hides something underneath. As you can imagine, of course, things that aren’t as they appear can also cause problems. This is certainly the case for bursitis, which can appear to be something else causing your heel pain. The good news is that the right care can catch and eliminate bursitis.
Bursitis in your heel develops when the back of your foot is aggravated by pressure and friction over time. The bursa, a fluid-filled sac, is designed to help reduce friction in your heel. It sits between a bone and moving soft tissues—in this case, your heel and your Achilles tendon. Too much pressure and rubbing causes inflammation and swelling in this bursa, leading to pain that worsens with activity.
The right conservative care can eliminate the irritation and help your painful bursa go back to normal, though. Here are a few tips to alleviate this back of the heel pain:
Ice it – Cold decreases swelling and inflammation. Apply ice wrapped in a towel to the back of your heel.
Pad it – Reducing pressure and friction can alleviate some of the aggravation in the heel. Use a pad or orthotics to protect the back of your foot.
Stretch it – Tight connective tissues can make the problem worse. Stretch the calf to relieve pressure on the heel.
There are a few other options to help your heel pain if the bursitis is stubborn. Anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes helpful. Direct injections into the bursa can offer quick relief. In rare cases, you might need surgery to reduce the pressure on the bursa—or remove the little sac altogether.
The right care can help heel pain of any kind. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you address and improve your bursitis. Make an appointment with us today! You can reach us through our web request form. You can also call or fax: call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375 for the Chandler office; or, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229 for the Gilbert office.