Bursitis is a common condition that can cause pain and discomfort in various parts of the body, including the feet. At The Foot Clinic, we understand that bursitis can limit your daily activities and affect your quality of life. That’s why we offer effective treatments and education to help you manage your bursitis and reduce your symptoms.
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is a condition that occurs when the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints, become inflamed. In the feet, bursitis most commonly affects the heel and the ball of the foot.
What are the causes of bursitis?
Bursitis in the feet can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Repetitive motions: Activities that involve repetitive motion, such as running or jumping, can cause bursitis in the feet.
Poorly fitting shoes: Shoes that are too tight or do not provide proper support can put pressure on the feet and lead to bursitis.
Trauma: A sudden injury, such as a fall or direct blow to the foot, can cause bursitis.
Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, can increase the risk of developing bursitis.
What are the symptoms of bursitis?
The symptoms of bursitis in the feet can include:
Pain and tenderness in the affected area
Swelling and redness
Limited range of motion
Difficulty standing or walking
A popping or clicking sensation when moving the affected joint
How is bursitis treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for bursitis, including:
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that provide cushioning and support for the affected foot.
Rest and ice: Resting the affected foot and applying ice can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to help manage pain and inflammation.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles around the affected joint.
Injection therapy: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain.
Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed bursa.
While not all cases of bursitis can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including:
Wearing properly fitted shoes: Choose shoes that fit well and provide proper support for your feet.
Gradual increase in activity: If you’re starting a new activity or exercise program, gradually increase the intensity and duration to reduce the risk of overuse injuries.
Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional pressure on your feet and increase your risk of developing bursitis.