Bursitis is a painful condition brought on by inflamed bursa—small fluid-filled sacks that protects joints from irritation. You may have heard of bursitis in the hip, shoulder or knees, but it can also occur in the feet. Pain occurs in the tissues both in and around the affected joints.
If you experience aching feet that are difficult to move, or have joints in the foot that are inflamed or swollen, you may have bursitis. Very often, bursitis will cause greater pain in the morning or after not moving a joint for a long time. You may feel heat emanating from the area of pain, and the muscles around the affected joint may feel weak. Sometimes the bursa can swell and make skin red and warm to the touch.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to have your feet seen by a podiatrist. Overuse and repeated movements will not only put a person at risk for developing bursitis—the continued activities will also further aggravate symptoms.
Sometimes bursitis is caused by problems such as arthritis or infection. If the painful region becomes very hot or red, or if you have a fever, please see your podiatrist immediately for prompt treatment.
Treatment will vary according to the extent of inflammation, but proper home care is generally effective to reduce pain and heal the affected bursa. Some people need physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the joints, and it may be necessary to drain fluid from the bursa through a needle and test it for infection.
If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms and think that you may have bursitis don’t hesitate to contact one of our podiatrists today or visit one of our 13 offices throughout Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties to better serve you!