Both of these conditions involve the inflammation of soft tissues surrounding muscles and bones. They also have similar symptoms, however they are not the same. A bursa is a sac filled with fluid that acts as a cushion between bones and tendons. Bursitis occurs when this sac becomes irritated, swollen, and inflamed, typically due to overuse, although sometimes the result of direct trauma. Tendinitis is the severe inflammation of the actual tendon itself as a result of repeated injury.
Repetitive motions and stress placed upon the joints increase the risk of both these conditions. In each case, treatment involves rest, ice, compression and elevation to reduce pain and swelling. Stretching and strengthening the muscles surrounding the joint will help to prevent future flare-ups.
If you’re still not sure what the pain in your foot is, let Dr. Darren Silvester diagnose your condition and help determine the best treatment. Call (830) 569-3338 to make an appointment at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX.