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.