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Bursitis as a Cause of Heel Pain

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Bursa, an important cushion between your muscles and bone, can sometimes cause heel pain if it becomes inflamed or irritated. This condition, called bursitis, often occurs due to repetitive stress on the ankle from running, jumping, and walking. Bursitis in the heel can make activities like walking or standing for long periods painful. Your heel may also be red and tender to the touch. You may be at an increased risk for this condition if you have a history of inflammatory arthritis or suddenly start intense workout routines. The good news is that with proper care and attention, individuals with heel pain from bursitis can find relief and improve their overall foot health. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose the source of the pain, and provide personalized treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Littlestown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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