woman with bursitis in her ankle joint | Experienced Idaho PodiatristIf you have pain and inflammation in your joints, it is possible that you may have bursitis. Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a small sac of fluid that acts as a cushion between bones and tendons or muscles.

The most common areas for bursitis are the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. However, bursitis can occur near almost any joint in your body. A podiatrist can treat bursitis in your feet and ankles.

Causes of Bursitis

There are a few things that can cause bursitis in an individual, including one or more of the following:


The bursa's ability to absorb shock can wear down over time.

Repetitive motion

Too much repetitive motion, such as over-exercising, can cause the bursa to become inflamed.


Sports injuries or other forms of trauma can lead to bursitis.

Rapid joint movement or sudden twisting of the joint

Rapid movements and sudden twisting can cause bursitis by overstressing the bursa.

Overusing the joint

This can include activities such as going up and down stairs frequently.

Symptoms of Bursitis

Symptoms of bursitis may develop gradually or come on suddenly. The most common symptom is pain near a joint. Other symptoms may include:


You may see swelling or a bump near the affected joint.


The skin over the affected area may become red and warm to the touch.

Decreased mobility

The affected joint may be stiff or have difficulty moving.

Bursitis Treatment and Prevention

Treatment for bursitis depends on the severity of the symptoms. If you arrive at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle displaying signs of bursitis, after a thorough examination, we may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines such as cortisone or steroids to help shrink the bursa. In severe cases, your bursa may need to be surgically removed.

There are ways you can help prevent bursitis from becoming worse, such as:

Rest your joints if you have been overusing them

Discontinue any strenuous exercise or other activities that involve the use of the affected joint.

Try cold therapy

Reduce inflammation and swelling by applying cold packs to the joint every 20 minutes. You may find the use of menthol-based creams beneficial as a part of your cold therapy.

Strengthen your muscles

Use motion and stretching exercises (that you can handle without causing more pain) to help strengthen your muscles and ease discomfort.

Invest in cushioned insoles

Absorb shock in your joints by using cushioned insoles in your shoes.

Wear shoes that fit your feet properly and are comfortable

You should wear shoes with a large toe box, especially if the pain is in your toes or the ball of your foot.

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, DPM
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.