This bursa is located at the sole or bottom of the heel. Inflammation usually produces
pain in the heel when standing. Causes include heel spurs, excess weight, injury, and
wearing improperly fitted shoes
What is Calcaneal Bursitis
Heel pain or discomfort of the following types: Contusion or bone bruise--Inflammation of
the tissue that covers bone (periosteum). Heel spur--A hard bony shelf as wide as the
width of the heelbone caused by repeated pulling away of periosteum from the heelbone
(calcaneus). The repeated stress or injury causes inflammation and calcification of
tendons and ligaments in the foot. Plantar fasciitis--Inflammation of the fibrous band
that originates at the bottom of the calcaneus. This hurts worse when running faster or
when weight is on the ball of the foot. Heel bursitis--Formation in the heel area of an
irritated or inflamed protective sac of fluid due to irritation caused by a heel spur.
Symptoms of Calcaneal Bursitis
Deep discomfort under the heel while walking, running or at rest. Redness. Tenderness.
Causesof Calcaneal Bursitis
Running, jogging or fast walking. Previous serious foot, ankle or heel injury. Repeated
heel injury from any cause. Prolonged standing. Obesity.
Prevention of Calcaneal Bursitis
Avoid activities that cause constant foot strain. Wear athletic shoes with good shock
absorption in the heel, good flexibility and good support to control side-to-side motion.
Don't wear everyday shoes with more than 1-1/2-inch heels.
Diagnosis of Calcaneal Bursitis
Your own observation of symptoms. Medical history and exam by a doctor. X-rays of the