ACHILLES TENDON BURSITIS

Achilles Tendon Bursitis is a common Foot Injury in athletes, particularly runners. It can often be mistaken for Achilles Tendonitis.  A bursa is a small sack of fluid that cushions a tendon and a bone in the feet to help the tendon glide smoothly over the bone.
The Retrocalcaneal Bursa is situated in the feet between the Achilles Tendon and the Calcaneus (heel bone). With repeated micro-trauma from running and other high impact activites the Bursa can become inflammed.

SYMPTOMS OF RETROCALCANEAL BURSITIS

  • Pain at the back of the heels especially when running uphill or on soft surfaces.
  • Tenderness and swelling which might make it difficult to wear certain shoes on the feet.
  • When pressing fingers in both sides of the heel a spongy resistance may be felt.




TREATMENT OF RETROCALCANEAL BURSITIS:

  • See a qualified podiatrist that deals with sports injuries
  • Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication
  • Advise on recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Stretching exercises, custom foot orthoses
  • ultrasound guided cortisone injections
  • Percutaneous Cryotherapy (Cryoplantalis)