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Inferior Calcaneal Bursitis

By Kendrick Alan Whitney, DPM, Associate Professor, Department of Biomechanics, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

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Bursitis can develop at the inferior calcaneus, near the insertion of the plantar fascia.

Symptoms and signs of inferior calcaneal bursitis include throbbing heel pain, particularly when the shoes are removed; mild warmth; and swelling. The pain is most pronounced when the heel first contacts the ground during walking or running activity.


  • Injection of a corticosteroid/anesthetic solution and modification of footwear

Treatment of inferior calcaneal bursitis is injection of a local anesthetic/corticosteroid mixture and soft-soled shoes with added protective heel cushion padding.