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Inferior Calcaneal Bursitis

By

Kendrick Alan Whitney

, DPM, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Last full review/revision Dec 2019| Content last modified Dec 2019
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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.

Treatment of Inferior Calcaneal Bursitis

  • 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.

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Bursitis
Bursae are fluid-filled sac-like cavities that are located where tendons or muscles pass over bony prominences in the body. Bursitis is acute or chronic inflammation of a bursa and can be caused by injury, overuse, inflammatory arthritis, or infection. Which of the following is one of the most common bursae involved when infection is present?
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