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What is bursitis?
Bursitis is a painful overuse injury that affects a fluid-filled cushion called a bursa. Bursae are found throughout the body, particularly around major joints. This cushion sits between bones and moving soft tissues to help lubricate and protect them. Pressure, repetitive motions, and overuse can irritate and inflame the bursa sac. This causes swelling and discomfort. In your feet, this is especially common at the back of your heel, where a bursa sits between the heel bone and the Achilles tendon.
You end up with aching pain and stiffness in your lower limbs. Often the skin around the affected bursa appears red and feels warm to the touch. Putting pressure on the painful area tends to make the problem worse and can limit your ability to participate in your favorite activities. Since the condition is an overuse problem, it will continue to get worse and restrict your activities until you do something to treat it. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you. Call, fax, or use our website to reach us: For our Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375. For our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
What’s the difference between bursitis and tendonitis?
Bursitis and tendonitis are not the same condition, but they can develop in the same areas and display similar symptoms. The difference between the two is the physical structure that each affects. Bursitis is inflammation and irritation in a protective, fluid-filled sac called a bursa. The bursa acts as a cushion between a bone and a moving part in the body, like a tendon or a muscle. Irritation in this sac causes it to swell painfully. Tendonitis is irritation in a tendon, which is a band of tough connective tissue that attaches a muscle to bone. Overuse aggravates the connector and causes stiffening and swelling.
You can get bursitis and tendonitis in multiple places in your feet, though the most common location for both is actually the back of the heel. For this reason, the two conditions can be hard to tell apart in your lower limbs. Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona can help you identify and treat both issues. Just contact us for an appointment through our web request form. You can also call or fax: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert; or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler.
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