Bursitis can develop at the inferior calcaneus, near the insertion of the plantar fascia. (See also Overview of Foot and Ankle Disorders Overview of Foot and Ankle Disorders Most foot problems result from anatomic disorders or abnormal function of articular or extra-articular structures (see figure Bones of the foot). Less commonly, foot problems reflect a systemic... read more .)
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 (see Considerations for using corticosteroid injections Considerations for Using Corticosteroid Injections ).