An anagram is a word formed from the letters of another word. Try to guess an anagram for this word: abuser. Hint, it’s the name for the fluid-filled sacs in your foot that protect your joints from excess friction. The correct answer is bursae. Although these are small sacs that absorb shock, they can definitely become an abuser—its anagram—when they’re inflamed, which is a condition known as bursitis. Don’t let these small bumps push you around, get treatment for bursitis at Sierra Foot & Ankle.
Don’t Let Bursitis Box You In
Bursitis is the inflammation of a small bursal sac, also known as a bursa, which cushions the area where your tendons and ligaments go over your bone. When it’s found in the foot, this condition usually occurs in the heel bone—it is often associated with “pump bump”—or the big toe. It happens when the bursa become inflamed and are no longer able to absorb shock, which also inflames the area around your joints.
Symptoms that Fire You Up
Symptoms of bursitis often entail inflammation and stiffness. Your foot will most likely feel achier. Sometimes it might be hard for you to move your foot around. Most often, the area will hurt when you press on it or move it. The area may also be warm to the touch. As far as visible signs, your toe or back of the heel may appear swollen and red.
The Pain Game: What Caused It?
Development of this condition happens during repetitive motion or overuse. If you frequent the stairs too often, work out excessively, or have recently suffered a sports injury from a sudden twisting or movement in the ankle, you may be suffering from this problem. Aging, arthritis, gout, and infection may also be possible causes for your inflamed pain.
The One-Two Punch: Treatment for Bursitis
If you have disabling pain in your joints, including sharp pain when you try to exercise, that lasts for more than one or two weeks, we suggest that you visit Sierra Foot & Ankle. You should also book an appointment if you have swelling, bruising, or redness that doesn’t look normal. A fever may be another sign of an infection, which means you should see a doctor immediately.
To rehabilitate the area, it’s best to rest to protect the tissues surrounding the joint from further motion that would irritate the sac—overuse is probably how your condition started in the first place. Obviously, you need to take a break from working out, but rest could also mean refraining from simple tasks like climbing the stairs. To keep the area from getting stiff, perform some stretches. We may also prescribe you with some physical therapy exercises to keep the muscles strong and prevent the problem from happening again.
If you want to get rid of inflammation and swelling, place an ice pack on the joint for 15 minutes at a time. We recommend that you also consider an oral anti-inflammatory medication for your pain. In some cases, you may need advanced treatment involving corticosteroid injections or anti-inflammatory medication like steroids or cortisone. Surgery is rarely necessary for this problem, but is an option for those who suffer from very serious cases.
If you want to prevent the problem from happening again, it’s best to place a lot of cushioning in your shoes. Custom orthotics, padding for the ball of the foot, and heel cups are all ways to cushion the impact on your joints.
Don’t let your bursae abuse your feet any longer. Please make an appointment with Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM to get treatment for bursitis. To reach our office in Carson City, Nevada for an appointment, call (775) 783-8037. You can also follow Sierra Foot & Ankle on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!
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