Bursitis, as the name suggests, is a medical condition associated with the inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a tiny fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between muscles, bones, and tendons. It is found near the joints, bones or tendons and prevents them from rubbing against each other. Bursitis can occur in any part of the body, but the heel and toes are the most commonly affected areas.

Causes of Bursitis

Repetitive motion can cause bursitis. If you engage in activities that require you to move your joints repeatedly such as running, dancing or playing tennis, you may be susceptible to bursitis. Wearing shoes that fit badly or put pressure on certain parts of the feet can also lead to bursitis.

Symptoms of Bursitis

The symptoms of bursitis may vary from person to person depending on the location of the bursa affected. Some common symptoms include:

– Swelling and redness in the affected area
– Pain that worsens with movement or pressure. The pain can be severe, sharp or dull
– Limited range of motion or difficulty moving the affected part
– A feeling of warmth in the affected area

Diagnosis of Bursitis

Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical examination to diagnose bursitis. They may examine your affected joint, looking out for signs of inflammation, redness, and difficulty in movement. Your doctor may also recommend additional imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Treatment of Bursitis

Thankfully, bursitis can be treated using non-surgical methods in most cases. The treatment usually begins with resting the affected area and avoiding activities that cause pain. Applying ice to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes may also help to reduce swelling and pain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen may also be recommended to reduce inflammation and control pain. If the pain persists, your doctor may suggest corticosteroid injections to help relieve the pain and inflammation.

Prevention of Bursitis

Preventing bursitis requires taking preventive measures such as wearing well-fitting and comfortable shoes while engaging in strenuous activities. Additionally, taking short breaks to stretch and rest frequently may also help to prevent bursitis. Paying attention to your body and seeking prompt medical attention for any pain or discomfort in your joints can also help you prevent bursitis.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you experience persistent pain, swelling or difficulty in moving the affected joint, make sure to see a medical professional. Seeking prompt medical attention can help to prevent serious complications and ensure that you receive the right treatment for your condition.

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