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 December 2012 by Kendrick Alan Whitney, DPM