Is Your Foot Pain Caused by Bursitis?

So, you’re dealing with uncomfortable, oftentimes debilitating foot pain, and you don’t know what’s causing it. It doesn’t help any that there are so many ways to hurt your feet and so many causes of foot pain. 

If you’re experiencing issues in any joints in your feet, namely the heels and toes, you might very well be struggling with bursitis, a common condition caused by the inflammation of the cushy, fluid-filled sac called the bursa, located at the back of your heel bone and the base of your big toe. 

Drs. Evan Breth and Neha Khanna, as well as the rest of our team at Progressive Podiatry, want to ensure that you’re able to walk, run, and play comfortably, without the hindrance of heel or toe pain. If your pain is, in fact, caused by bursitis, we can help.  

The skinny on bursitis

When you use your feet a lot, whether you’re a runner, other type of athlete, or an otherwise active individual, you might experience bursitis of the heel. This occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed from overwork. 

According to the National Library of Medicine, it often occurs with — and can be easily confused for — Achilles tendinitis, so if you’ve been unsuccessfully treated for the latter condition, the former may be your problem. 

The symptoms of bursitis of the heel include: 

Sometimes, bursitis pain can also develop in the big toe or in the ball of the foot. Either way, it likely worsens when you flex your foot, either forward or backward, and when you put pressure on the foot by walking or by pressing on it. 

Knowing bursitis is the problem

While it can be difficult to separate bursitis from some other issues, there’s a good chance that swelling in your heel area is coming from bursitis. When you visit our office, Drs. Breth or Khanna examine your foot to check for swelling and other signs of where the pain is originating. This will help them decide whether bursitis is to blame. X-rays or other imaging tests might allow them to rule out other possible causes, such as bone spurs. 

Treating my bursitis 

Nobody wants to endure the pain of bursitis, but unlike other possible causes of foot pain, it’s a condition you can easily treat at home. Here are a few ways you can work on minimizing your bursitis pain and rebuilding your flexibility: 

If you notice these methods still aren’t working after a few weeks, you may need to check back with us to discuss other options, such as steroid injections. Surgery is usually the last resort for bursitis. 

Want to learn more about bursitis? 

If you believe bursitis is behind the pain in your heel, or elsewhere on your foot, call us today at one of our four Brooklyn locations in New York City, or book your appointment online at your earliest convenience. You can also send a message to the Progressive Podiatry team here on our website. After all, there’s no reason to ignore your foot pain. 

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