Heel bursitis—a painful condition in which the fluid-filled sac that cushions your Achilles tendon and heel bone near your ankle becomes inflamed—is usually treated conservatively through a combination of home care and, if necessary, professional treatment.

At home, we suggest that you avoid strenuous activities that cause pain (such as running or playing sports) and use ice and/or OTC anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen to help manage pain and swelling. Make sure you’re wearing supportive, comfortable shoes; heel wedges may also work for you.

We will typically also provide instructions for a gradually increasing stretching and physical therapy program to loosen your Achilles tendon, reducing the stress on the bursa. We may also employ other treatment strategies such as ultrasound therapy, custom orthotics, or corticosteroid shots.

If your heels are hurting from bursitis, call Carolina Podiatry Group for an evaluation. Our experts will draw up the best treatment plan for your situation. To schedule an appointment, dial 888-569-9559.

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