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Foot Bursitis

With bursitis the bursa sac is inflamed. This sac is fluid filled and helps to lubricate as well as reduce the friction among surfaces such as tendons and muscles as they move over bony surfaces. The body has virtually hundreds of these tiny sacs and these are also contained in the foot of the human body. However, there is only one in the foot. It is located between the bone of the heel and the Achilles tendon.

The heel’s pressure is absorbed by the bursa sac when one walks or runs. Each time an individual walks or uses the foot, various parts of it are slightly damaged and after long periods of use the foot begins to have pains of different types and degrees. Once this damage is great enough the bursa sac becomes irritated as well as inflamed as well and the condition of bursitis develops.

Common Bursitis

It develops secondary to the condition of hammertoe. With this the rubbing constantly of the shoes against the toes may cause bursitis along with the formation of a corn. The toe’s tops will usually be tender, red, and may be swollen.

Foot pain will be caused with the touch of the tender areas. The wearing of even socks may cause a fair amount of pain to the sufferer. The bursitis may bust if it rubbed too much by the shoe one is wearing. This may in time turn into an infection if not treated.

Bursitis may form as well where a bunion is formed. This is also caused by the occurrence of friction and pressure. Not only does this occur on the heel area, but it may occur on either side of the heel as well. This is often referred to as a pump bump. Most find it less painful when they wear no shoes at all or if they wear very roomy and comfortable shoes. Although, when wearing shoes any amount of outside pressure will be painful as well.

Other Types of Bursitis

It can also form on the soles of the feet around the area of the ball of the foot. As with all bursitis, these are usually not visible as they are located in the layer of fat under the skin. This type is very painful as it receives pressure each time weight is put on the foot during standing or while just resting the foot against a surface such as the floor.

Bursitis Treatment

Alleviation of the pain in the foot is at the top of the list of complaints that the person has. Walking on the foot is the main cause of the pain however, most all people have to walk at times during the day even if they resting to try to relieve the pain. Some of the ways one may try to relieve the pain are as follows:

• Do not wear any type of dressy shoe; for instance high heels will only worsen the condition and cause additional pain.
• Use over-the-counter medicines to try to rid the pain. These should be the types that are anti-inflammatory. These should be taken on a regular basis such as around the clock in order to help keep the inflammation as well as the pain under control.
• Warning: Take over-the-counter as directed and do not take more of these than is directed. After taking these OTC medications for ten to fourteen days and have gotten not relief, a physician should be notified.
• Try applying ice to the affected area of the foot or the entire foot so as to possibly reduce some of the symptoms being experienced.
• Purchase and apply arch supports. The arch supports may spread the weight of the body evenly over the foot and the area with the most pain may be lessened as this takes a lot of the pressure of the particular painful area.
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