Gardnerville, NV, is truly “a town of activity.” Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy the fresh air while engaging in kayaking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, golfing, or world-class gliding along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. We also have art galleries, theater, and astounding natural scenery. There is so much to do, but when you have bursitis pain it can put a real damper on all those fun opportunities. If this applies to you, we need to relieve pain from bursitis so that you can enjoy all that Gardnerville has to offer!
Between your heel bone and Achilles tendon, you have a little fluid-filled sac that enables the tendon to move smoothly over the bone. This sac is called the retrocalcaneal bursa and it can become inflamed due to repeated trauma. You will know when this has happened because your heel will feel achy or stiff and look swollen and red. If you have sharp pain that’s disables you, lasts longer than a week, and is accompanied with excessive swelling, make an appointment with Sierra Foot & Ankle. Otherwise, there are easy treatments to relieve pain from bursitis, including:
Stretching the Achilles tendon, which can be achieved by standing in front of a wall with your legs staggered and hands placed against the wall. Keeping your arms straight and the affected foot further back with the sole flat on the floor, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in the Achilles tendon. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds.
Stretching the tendon by placing the affected foot on a small stack of books while keeping both hands against a wall for support. Gently lower the back of the foot until you feel a stretch and then hold the position for 20 to 30 seconds before relaxing.
Resting from high-impact activity and icing the tendon. When icing, do so for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times per day. In order to prevent skin damage, do not apply ice directly to skin, but, rather, use a pack or wrap the ice in a towel before applying.
If you need further help, or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Sierra Foot & Ankle. Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, is a leading expert who will make sure you receive the care and treatment you need. Call our office at (775) 783-8037 or schedule an appointment online today!
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