What are the Symptoms of Bursitis in the Ankle?

If your ankle is hurting, there are several signs that you may be suffering from bursitis, including:

  • Limping and decreased mobility – your ankle feels stiff.
  • Pain or tenderness in the back of the ankle which may be worse at the beginning of exercise or when running uphill.
  • Redness and warmth in the skin over the heel and swelling on the back of the heel.

What Can I Do If I Have Bursitis in my Ankle?

  • You must give your Achilles a break if you want the inflamed bursa to heal. Rest your ankle as much as possible to help decrease any swelling and prevent the bursitis from getting worse.
  • Apply ice to constrict blood vessels in the affected area and decrease inflammation.
  • After two or three days, switch between icing and applying heat to help decrease any remaining pain and stiffness.

Treatment by a Podiatrist for Ankle Bursitis

If your bursitis doesn’t seem to be improving, make an appointment with a podiatrist. Professional treatment may include the following:

  • Steroid shots to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Shoe inserts with a cutout around the tender area or shoes with a reinforced heel counter to provide better heel control.
  • In extreme cases, it may be necessary to surgically remove the bursa or part of the ankle bone.

How Can I Prevent Bursitis from Returning?

Your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy. Physical therapists are trained to treat bursitis. Therapy may include ultrasound treatment to increase blood flow to the injured area, massage to stretch the tissues and increase blood flow, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the Achilles tendon after the bursitis has healed. Here are some other precautions you can take.

  • Don’t run if you still have pain. When you start running again, start slowly and avoid running at a fast pace either uphill or downhill.
  • Avoid doing exercises on very hard surfaces.
  • Do gentle stretches before exercising to warm up your muscles and cool-down exercises when finished to loosen muscles and alleviate stress on the heel.
  • Use felt or soft foam heel pads to help reduce pressure on your heel.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes. Consider getting custom-made orthotics.

Are You Suffering With Bursitis In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering with bursitis you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.