Could You Be Suffering from Bursitis?

Are you having difficulty moving one or both of your feet? Do the joints in your toes feel inflamed or swollen? Do you have pain in the ball of your foot, the base of your big toe joint or at your heel?  Are your feet achy?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be experiencing bursitis.


Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa.  The bursa is fluid filled sack that cushions your joints and absorbs the shock when being moved.  If the bursa becomes inflamed, a person would experience the symptoms described above.


Bursitis tends to occur from a few different means:  Overusing a joint (say from sports or repetitive motion in daily tasks), trauma, a sudden twisting or bending in the joint or, even aging (the bursa can wear out over time).

Treating bursitis is something you can do at home.  Rest the joint of concern frequently.  If a repetitive motion like kicking a ball or walking upstairs causes the inflammation, try to reduce the activity for a while.  Icing the pained joint 3-4 times a day for 10-15 minutes can help reduce inflammation and swelling.  If the pain is in your heel, you may want to use a special heel insert to provide cushioning (this is something your doctor can assist you with).  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as well, to help reduce your discomfort.


If these at-home treatments are not providing you with relief, give our office a call today.  We will discuss all your pain-relieving options.  (707) 578-1222