A woman talks to a doctor while standing on one foot in a physical therapy office.


Bursitis is an inflammation of a small, fluid-filled sac, called a “bursa,” located near a joint, bone or tendon. The bursa, which protects the area from friction, can become inflamed from repetitive motion or irritation from shoes. In the foot, the heel and toes are most often affected.

Symptoms of bursitis include:
• localized redness
• swelling
• pain

Treatment may include resting the affected area, local ice therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, padding or corticosteroid injections to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

If these nonsurgical treatments fail to provide adequate pain relief, surgery may be needed.

Your AFAS doctor can make that determination. Call us for an appointment.