Bursitis FAQs

We get asked a lot of questions about foot and ankle pain. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions (and their answers) to give our patients fast access to common podiatry issues. Use the search bar on this page or browse through our list of frequent questions for solutions to your problem.

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  • How does bursitis and tendonitis differ?

    Bursitis and tendonitis are similar conditions resulting from inflammation of soft tissue. They’re also both treated in comparable manners. The key difference between bursitis and tendonitis is whether the soft tissue that has become inflamed is a bursa or a tendon.

    A tendon is a fibrous cord that connects bone and muscle. A bursa is a small sac that contains a lubricating fluid and is located between bone and a moving a structure, like a tendon or muscles.

    Bursitis and tendonitis both cause pain and tenderness, are associated with overuse or repetitive motion, and occur more frequently as people age.

    Treatment options are both centered on resting the affected areas, using compression, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Icing can be helpful for acute cases, but most instances are chronic in nature and ice will not be particularly helpful.

    If you are suffering from either bursitis or tendonitis, let us help. Visit our Carson City or Gardnerville, NV, office and see Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, to receive the expert care and relief you need. Call Sierra Foot & Ankle at (775) 783-8037 or schedule an appointment online today.