Bursitis in my Foot? No way!
Bursitis is just for old people, right? So, how did I get bursitis in my foot?
What is Bursitis?
Bursitis in your feet is caused when there is a swelling in the fluid filled area between your joints. Normally the bursa protects your joints so they can move smoothly. It is like a shock absorber in your foot. The cushions keep your joints working correctly and help your tendons and ligaments pass over your bones. You feel pain when the bursa becomes irritated and then decreases the ability to absorb the shock around your joint.
The most common areas of bursitis are:
- elbows: commonly known as tennis elbow
What are Symptoms of Bursitis?
- If your feet are in pain
- If you are having a hard time moving your feet
- If your feet look swollen
- If an area of your foot is red or inflammed
How Did I Get Bursitis?
- Aging: The wear and tear over time takes it toll
- Trauma: A common cause is an injury from sports
- Repetitive Motion: Someone who walks or runs a lot might get this
- Rapid Joint Movement: Someone like a drummer
- Overusing the joint: Someone who is doing a lot of exercising
How do I Stop The Pain From Bursitis?
For mild pain from bursitis you should:
- Use an ice pack 15 minutes on, then 15 minutes off several times every day
- Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Hold off on exercising until it starts feeling better
by David Schlam