Achilles Bursitis: Episode 92

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Retrocalcaneal Bursitis/Achilles Bursitis

  • In this episode: Officially known as retrocalcaneal bursitis, this is heel pain usually brought on by a sudden change in activity level, trauma or wearing high heels.

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Brief overview of the episode:

The sign of retrocalcaneal bursitis/Achilles bursitis is heel pain. Which is most often brought on by a sudden increase in activity. Most commonly that is activities that are high in running or jumping. It can also be caused by blunt trauma or from wearing high heels.

Thankfully when treated early retrocalcaneal bursitis can resolved in as little as 2-3 weeks. If the situation has gone on for a long time and there is now visible signs of inflammation (redness, heat, fluid) present it can take 6 weeks or longer to resolve. 

Most individuals can make a full recovery by participating in physical therapy where early rest and anti-inflammatory modalities are used. Followed by a course of exercises that would included, strengthening, balance, motor control and return to function.


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Sever’s Disease: Episode 54
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