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1. Retrocalcaneal bursitis: Diagnosis and Treatment


Inflammation of the bursa lying near the heels

Retrocalcaneal bursitis can be caused by injury or infection or can be triggered by certain health conditions.[1]

-Most cases can be treated at home.
-Requires medical consultation if the pain persists in spite of home remedies.
-May need Radiographs, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasonography.
-Women are more prone to Retrocalcaneal bursitis than men.
-May involve Physical Therapy or Surgery.

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is the inflammation that occurs in the bursa that is located just above the heels where the Achilles tendon exists. The primary causes of Retrocalcaneal bursitis include overexertion from running, walking, jumping or vigorous exercise. The athletes and ballet dancers are more prone to this medical condition. Usually, the athletes who do not warm up before exercise or sports have the risk of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis. Poorly fitted or high-heeled shoes worsen this condition.

Ages affected- It usually affects middle-aged people. The people who are above 65 years are at the risk of developing Retrocalcaneal Bursitis.



Symptoms may include excruciating pain in the heel when you try to put pressure on it. It might make you want to see a doctor.

People may experience
- Pain areas- Calf muscles while walking, running, standing on tiptoes or exercising
- Swelling- On the back of the heel
- Stiffness and inability to move- difficulty in moving
- Redness- Behind the heel
- Crackling sound- when stretching the foot
- Discomfort- while wearing shoes


Self-care: You should wear comfortable shoes. Moreover, you should elevate your heel, apply ice to your heels many times in a day.

Medications: Topical NSAID and lidocaine patches may be used to decrease gastrointestinal side effects. If you have septic bursitis, your doctor may recommend treatment with antibiotics.

Surgery: Depending upon your condition, you may require bursectomy for the removal of the infected bursa from behind the ankle.

Specialists: You may consult a rheumatologist, or an orthopedic surgeon to get treated. At mfine, we provide quality healthcare at affordable prices. Contact us to get medical care from the best doctors.

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