We have hundreds of bursa (small sacs) in our body that act as cushioning, they help reduce friction and pressure between bones, tendons and muscles which move across each other. There are many brusa in the feet and when it undergoes stress or other injuries, this bursas may become inflamed and swell causing intense pain and discomfort.
The most common sites for bursitis in the foot include:
Bursitis is usually caused by overuse and repetitive movements, such as typical daily activities like using tools, gardening, cooking, cleaning, and typing on keyboards, long periods of pressure on area, ageing can also cause the bursa to break down over time, sudden injury, such as a blow to the elbow can cause a bursa to flare up.
Bursitis in the foot also may be caused by the following:
Conditions that predispose the bursa to inflammation for example: rheumatoid arthritis, gout.
Bursitis can be described as a dull pain, with tenderness and stiffness near the affected bursa. It may swell and make the skin around red and warm to touch.
Sometimes home treatments are enough to reduce the pain and let the bursa to heal, your podiatrist may suggest physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around that joint.
Podiatry for bursitis would include obtaining a thorough history, a personal account of the problem, an examination and a biomechanical assessment.
The purpose of a biomechanical assessment is to assess how the foot and the lower limb are functioning, the aim of which is to correct any abnormal biomechanics that are contributing to your painful symptoms.
Treatment depends on which bursa is affected and the cause of the inflammation but may include:
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