Bursitis is a soft tissue rheumatic syndrome. It produces pain, inflammation or swelling in the structures and tissues around a joint. Bursitis is caused when bursa is inflamed or irritated. Bursa is a sac that is filled with fluid and is present around joints as a protection. Although, you can use proper fitted shoes and socks to keep this disease away, but if it is provoked, you are required to consult with a doctor to completely resolve this issue. While dealing with it, you can use different kinds of pain reducing aids to minimize discomfort.
Types of Foot Bursitis
· Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: It is caused due to swelling in Bursa, located at the back of the heel. It normally happens to the people who wear inappropriate foot wears.
· Calcaneal Bursitis: It is caused due to inflammation in the bursa which is located at the bottom of the heel. It causes excruciating pain in the affected part. It generally occurs due to excess weight, heel spurs, and wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Three Major Causes of Foot Bursitis
1. Bursitis is often caused due to repetitive impact on the area which was affected by an injury in past. Foot bursitis can occur in the people who are use to wearing ill fitted shoes, too tight to restrict bone movement, or high heels that may cause bursa to swell. Corn, bunion or heal spur also cause foot bursitis.
2. Age is another factor. The tendons become less tolerant to stress, loose elasticity and can easily be torn away. In this situation, the risk of bursitis increases if a grown up gets a joint injury. Some of the activities involving high risk of bursitis include gardening, carpentry, running, jumping, etc.
3. The disease is also caused by incorrect postures of the body, causing tissues to stretch abnormally. There might be other joint diseases causing weakness to joints and increase threats of foot bursitis.
Treatment and prevention of Foot Bursitis
Treatment of foot bursitis can reduce pain and swelling, and helps normal movement of joints with the objective to prevent reoccurrence of disease. Your Foot Specilasit Whitby may recommend you resting positions, soft tissue massage, physiotherapy or medication, depends how worst the condition is. But before you consult a doctor, you can apply following treatments yourself:
· Applying Cold Compressions: cold therapy, at the initial stage of swelling, helps reduce the pain for initial 48 hours. Place the cold ice pack on the affected area after every three to four hours.
· Applying Heat: After 48 hours, in case of severe pain, apply heat packs to reduce the pain. Place a hot pack, hot water bag or hot stone wrapped in a cloth, on affected area for 20 minutes, three or four time a day.
· Consult Rheumatologist at Family Wellness Clinic: Your rheumatologist may recommend you few exercises and therapy to prevent the pain. The clinic offers professional chiropractic services.
· Rest: Mostly, the bursa is irritated due to overuse, so you may be advised few resting positions to reduce stress on affected area.
Foot Bursitis may occur in anyone with less stress bearing joint tissues. If you have a dislocated foot bone, you put too much stress on your feet, or wear wrong sized shoes, you might catch this disease. You can avoid the pain through regular care of your feet.