Bursitis can develop at the inferior calcaneus, near the insertion of the plantar fascia.
Symptoms and signs 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.
Treatment is injection of a local anesthetic/corticosteroid mixture and soft-soled shoes with added protective heel cushion padding.
Last full review/revision October 2014 by Kendrick Alan Whitney, DPM
Content last modified October 2014