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Bursitis is a painful condition that occurs when the sacs that hold the lubricating fluid in your joints become swollen and irritated. This condition can be caused by constant repetitive motion over a period of time or can occur suddenly from an injury. Bursitis can affect any joint in the body; the common areas where you might experience bursitis of the foot are in the heel, ankle and toes. Bursitis causes pain and swelling that can sideline you from activity.

In most cases bursitis is an overuse injury that is a result of daily repetitive motion while participating in sports or working. Painting, gardening, raking, and shoveling are risk factors for bursitis. Other risky sports activities include tennis, skiing, or pitching in baseball. Arthritis, abnormal bone placement (such as one leg shorter than the other), or other medical disorders are also factors that can cause bursitis. If you think you might have bursitis of the feet, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Greenacres podiatrists, or our podiatrists at any one of our other locations, can provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today.

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is a condition that is a result of continuous movement of the joints. Small sacs filled with lubricating fluid, called bursae, act as buffering pads between your tissues, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Repetitive movements over long periods of time cause the fluid-filled sacs to get swollen and inflamed. If these buffers get irritated and swollen, it becomes difficult and painful to move your joints. Foot bursitis occurs at the heel, ankle, and toes. Besides continuous repetitive movement, this condition can also be caused by an injury. Patients with arthritis, scoliosis, uneven leg length, and other medical conditions are at a greater risk.

Symptoms of Bursitis

Localized pain, swelling and redness are the main symptoms of bursitis. The area surrounding the joint may feel achy and be tender to the touch. The pain would likely prevent you from doing whatever involved the continuous movement that caused it in the first place. If you have these symptoms accompanied by a fever, contact your doctor immediately because there is a risk of infection.

Treatments for Bursitis

We treat bursitis of the foot by first resting and icing the affected area. Avoid the activities that caused the pain to start. Over-the-counter pain medications are recommended to help reduce the swelling and relieve pain. After this first step in foot bursitis treatment, if pain persists, our doctors might prescribe corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation. Once the swelling is under control, physical therapy to reinforce and strengthen the affected area might also be suggested. Surgery for bursitis is not usually needed but could be a solution for severe bursitis that does not respond to any other treatments.

Diagnosing Bursitis

What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment of foot bursitis? There is no need to worry about visiting a podiatrist. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in good health. Diagnosing this condition requires a physical examination of the affected area and the doctor will take a look at your family and medical history. The doctor will also examine the wear on the shoes and might recommend shoes that prevent bursitis from reoccurring by offering you more comfort and support. In some cases, x-rays will be taken to get a better idea of the structure inside your foot and rule out any fractures or broken bones. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different types of conditions that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet and ankles.


The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating and diagnosing patients and providing treatment to relieve the pain associated with bursitis. Our doctors will concentrate on relief and future prevention.


Do these symptoms sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment for bursitis. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Greenacres or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or complete the form.

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