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How is posterior heel bursitis treated?

Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
If posterior heel bursitis develops, it's generally treated much like Achilles tendinitis and Achilles tendinosis.

First, wear wide shoes or shoes with a low back. Try the RICE regimen (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) first, along with a nonprescription pain reliever. If swelling persists, you may need to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for three to four weeks to reduce inflammation. Once the pain and swelling are gone, stretch the tendon gently to strengthen it. If the pain persists, see a foot care specialist, who may prescribe shoe inserts (such as heel lifts or Achilles heel cushions) or physical therapy to alleviate your discomfort. As with other heel problems, posterior heel bursitis can take anywhere from six to 12 months to heal.

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