Heel Pain Causes Could Mean Bursitis

Hiking could cause heel painWhether you’re into hiking, biking, or moseying around on horseback, Palm Desert has the trails for you!  From the mountain views of the Randall Henderson trail to the desert oases of the Art Smith Trail, beautiful scenery awaits. It’s hard to take it all in, though, if you’re being distracted by nagging heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common heel pain causes, however, it’s not the only one. If the back of your heel is red, swollen, sore, and especially hurts when walking, you could have a case of bursitis.

Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between tendons and our bones. The retrocalcaneal bursa is located where your Achilles tendon connects to your heel bone. This can become irritated by overuse and friction, resulting in pain and inflammation. Other symptoms include warmness and tenderness to the touch. Sometimes, bursitis can appear at the same time as another common cause for heel pain, Achilles tendinitis.

Medication, daily icings, and taking a load off for a while is recommended. Sometimes slipping heel wedges into your shoes can alleviate pressure. Physical therapy exercises can help as well, maintaining your strength and flexibility with stretches you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

If your heel is hurting, don’t hesitate to trek on over to Harvey R. Danciger, DPM. At our Palm Desert, CA, office, heel pain causes are one of our specialties. We can determine the reason for your aching heel, provide treatment to relieve your pain, and get you back on the trails. Call (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment so you can enjoy the scenic route with no distractions.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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