Bursitis of the foot is a painful condition that can make it difficult to walk, but the team at American Surgeons Group can help. Board-certified podiatrists Timothy Horak, DPM, and Julia Shauger, DPM, diagnose and treat bursitis at three convenient locations in Homewood, South Chicago Heights, and Mokena, Illinois. If you suspect you may have bursitis, call or book an appointment online.
Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate your joints. Most large joints in your body have bursae, including the ankle, heel, and base of your toes. Bursitis occurs when one or more of these sacs become irritated and inflamed.
Bursitis symptoms vary depending on which joint is affected. Common symptoms of bursitis include:
Pain associated with bursitis may become worse when you stand on your tiptoes or bend your ankle upward.
The most common causes of bursitis are repetitive motions, such as walking, running, or jumping that cause gradual damage to the bursae. You may be at greater risk of developing bursitis if you:
Even if you don’t play sports or exercise, spending a lot of time on your feet can increase your risk of getting bursitis.
Bursitis can affect anyone, but certain factors may make you more susceptible, such as:
If you have bursitis or are at higher risk of developing this condition, Dr. Horak or Dr. Shauger teach you preventive methods and techniques to protect your joints.
First, Dr. Horak or Dr. Shauger perform a physical exam and review your medical history. They may ask you to stand on your toes or bend your foot upward. They may also take imaging tests, such as an X-ray, MRI or ultrasound, to rule out any other possible conditions.
Then, they work with you to create a personalized bursitis treatment plan. Depending on your needs, treatment for bursitis may include:
Most of the time, bursitis improves with conservative treatment. In rare cases. Dr. Horak or Dr. Shauger may recommend surgery to drain a severely inflamed bursa.
If you suffer from foot, ankle, or heel pain, call American Surgeons Group or book an appointment online.