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Inferior Calcaneal Bursitis

By

Kendrick Alan Whitney

, DPM, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Last full review/revision Oct 2021| Content last modified Nov 2021
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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

  • 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 (see Considerations for using corticosteroid injections Considerations for Using Corticosteroid Injections Considerations for Using Corticosteroid Injections ).

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