3 causes for bursitis in the foot

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Every part of your foot gets put through a lot of distress on a daily basis, especially if you have an active lifestyle. Your foot is not able to properly function if every movement causes your bones and tendons to rub against each other. That’s why there are fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, that act as cushions between the bones, ligaments and tendons.

If the bursae in your feet become inflamed, it can be painful to stand or walk. There are a variety of reasons why you may have bursitis in your feet, but orthotics can help alleviate the symptoms.

The basics of bursitis in the foot

There are more than 100 bursae throughout your body. There’s one bursa located in your foot between the heel bone and Achilles tendon, but more bursae can grow over time as you walk, run and jump to absorb shock and reduce friction. Bursitis in the foot refers to inflammation and swelling of the bursae.

Symptoms of bursitis include:

  • Heel pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Calf muscle pain when moving.
  • Limited range of motion.
  • Redness.

3 common causes of bursitis in the foot

There are a few different ways that you can develop bursitis in your feet. While it’s often the result of an injury, it can also stem from lifestyle choices that can be adjusted in the future.

  • Repetitive movements — The most common cause of bursitis is overuse or repetitive movements. Many athletes develop the inflammation as it can be the result of activities that put excessive strain on the feet, including running and jumping.

  • Haglund's deformity — You can grow a Haglund's deformity on the back of your heel, which is a bony enlargement that can irritate the bursa between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone.

  • Footwear — Wearing particular footwear, such as high heels or poorly fitting shoes, can often lead to heel bursitis symptoms. It can also be caused by wearing unsuitable footwear for particular sports and activities. 

Biocorrect can help bursitis in the foot with custom orthotics

Bursitis can make you wince with every step. Whether your bursitis is from overuse during sports or wearing poorly fitting shoes, our custom orthotics can help provide your feet with the support and comfort needed to get you through the day.

Contact us to learn more about the orthotics we offer or to set up an initial evaluation with one of our certified pedorthists.