Treating Bursitis So You Can Hit the Slopes

Music, snowboarding, and mountains: What more could you want? This year’s Snowglobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe celebrates the New Year by combining a triple threat of entertainment. Plus, there’s fireworks! However, if you have pain in your heels from hitting the slopes too hard, you might not feel like celebrating all night. If your heel is inflamed, swollen, or feels stiff and achy, you may end up treating bursitis instead of ringing in 2015.

Sierra Foot & Ankle can certainly help you get back out there so you won’t miss the fun. However, you’re going to have to take it easy. Causes of heel bursitis include a sudden increase in activity, repetitive motion, and overuse of the ankle area. That’s because the bursa, a fluid-filled sac located near the Achilles tendon where it connects calf muscles to your heel bone, gets tired of cushioning the area—a consequence of more stress than it can handle. As a result, it becomes inflamed and also inflames the tissues and muscle surrounding the area.

What does that mean?  Well, the best way to treat and eliminate your problem is through rest. Don’t perform any motions that give you pain and stay away from whatever activities you think may have caused it. Ice your heel on and off every 15 minutes—you might even be able to use a snowball! Oral anti-inflammatory pain relievers, as well as some over-the-counter shoe inserts, can give you some initial relief from pain.

If your immediate remedies for treating bursitis have still left you with pain, visit Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV. We can advise you on physical therapy and more advanced treatments like steroid injections. To make an appointment with Victoria L. Melhuish, call our office at (775) 783-8037. Have a Happy New Year!

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