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.