You do not have a single body part that isn’t vulnerable to at least some kind of medical condition or illness, even ones that are intended for protection. Bursae are not commonly known, but they are protective mechanisms in your body that sometimes suffer from a condition called bursitis.
Bursa: Natural Cushioning for Your Joints
A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions the tissue found near various joints, like tendons, muscles, and bones. These valuable sacs reduce the friction between moving parts in order to help facilitate movement in your joints. Bursae (plural) can be found in your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and feet. Our office often treats this condition when it happens in the big toe and heel areas.
Bursitis develops when bursae become inflamed. It is often noted as causing an achy, stiff sensation, and the area may look red and swollen. This ailment is often accompanied by foot pain or discomfort when an affected area experiences pressure.
When you have pain in your feet, do not ignore it! Your body is indicating that something is wrong and you need to get help. If the problem is pain or discomfort in your heel or the front of your foot, come in to our office for an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan before the condition worsens.
The good news is that conservative, nonsurgical treatment methods are often effective. Such methods are centered on:
- Resting and immobilizing the area that is causing pain to give your body the time it needs for natural healing processes.
- Icing the affected area to decrease swelling and inflammation.
- Using medication to fight an infection when this is the cause of the inflammation.
- Utilizing physical therapy (after a period of rest) to prevent recurrence.
Preventing Bursae Inflammation
You can decrease the risk of developing this condition by strengthening your muscles, especially those that support your joints, with regular exercise. Adequately warm up and stretch prior to physical activity to prevent injuries, including ones to your bursae. Take breaks by resting or switching to other activities when you are physically active for extended periods of time.
If you feel that bursitis might be the cause of your foot pain, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at (480) 963-9000.