Foot Bursitis Defined
Bursitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of a small fluid-filled sac called a Bursa. Bursae sacs (plural) act like cushions between tendons and bones.
Inflammation is caused by intense friction of the tendons running over the bones in specific locations in the feet.
These little lubricating sacs are found in several places throughout the foot with the most commonly injured one located at the back and inside of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone.
Achilles tendon bursitis is more common and is often associated with Achilles Tendonitis.
What causes an Achilles Tendon Bursitis?
Most often, the cause of Achilles Tendon Bursitis is from repetitive stress and/or trauma to the bursa. Common repetitive activities include jogging, running, long jump, tennis, baseball, basketball, football, and even dancing.
More women than men get an Achilles Tendon Bursitis, possibly due to wearing high-heeled shoes that taper in sharply right where the tendons run over the bursa at the heel.
How will I know if I have a Foot Bursitis?
Some people can get bursitis near the big toe, on the ball of the foot, or between the bones of the feet. You can usually see and feel a small swelling between the big toe and the next toe at the head of the metatarsal bone. Another location is on the bottom of the heel bone. Both locations can be make it very painful to walk.
As the bursa gets bigger, it gets more painful. Basically, the pain is from the lack of space available for the sac of fluid to get larger. The fluid can become harder over time, if not treated. The pressure can be unbearable for some. Sometimes a visit to your doctor may be the best way to diagnose the problem. In some cases, they may perform an MRI scan to locate the bursa.
Care must be taken to not damage the bursa. If the bursa bursts or is torn open, the synovial fluid will leak into the surrounding tissues. Once the synovial fluid is drained from the sac, the bursa can no longer offer cushioning and protection for the ends of the bones and tendons.
How can I reduce the pain of Foot Bursitis?
Correct diagnosis of the cause is the first step. Once you can determine what is causing the bursitis, you can usually eliminate the source of the aggravation.
Treat with Prolotex™ Socks. Prolotex™ FIR Socks are a noninvasive way to reduce the inflammation of the bursa and offer protection for your feet. FIR energy emitted from the bio ceramic socks help activate the metabolic activities of the cell and aid in flushing out stagnant fluids.
Far Infrared rays will also reduce the pain you are feeling and help you sleep better at night.
FREE Tips to Reducing Bursitis in Your Feet:
- Check your shoes for unusual pressure points.
- You may need little foot pads under the heads of the metatarsal bones and/or for the bottom of your heels.
- If the problem persists, ask your doctor about cortisone injections.
- Even if you do go with cortisone injections, Prolotex™ Far Infrared Socks help to cushion your feet.
- Wear a fresh, clean pair of Prolotex™ Far Infrared Socks to improve the circulation in your feet and help reduce the inflammation of the swollen bursa.