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Heel Pain From Bursitis

Heel pain can be caused by bursitis, which is a painful swelling of the small fluid-filled sacs called bursae. These bursae act as cushions, reducing friction between tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and bones. When they become inflamed, the result is heel pain and limited mobility, particularly in areas like the back or bottom of the heel. Bursitis typically develops due to repetitive movements or prolonged pressure on a joint. Aging also can lead to the breakdown of the bursa over time. Symptoms often include dull pain, tenderness, and stiffness near the affected area. Swelling and redness may also be present, indicating inflammation. Diagnosing bursitis involves a thorough examination by a podiatrist. After a physical examination of the affected area, further tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasound may be necessary. If you are experiencing unexplained heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine if you may be suffering from bursitis.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Ali Davis, DPM of The Foot Clinic. 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 Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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