painful feetBursitis is an inflammation of a small fluid-filled sac, called a bursa, located near a joint, bone, or tendon. The bursa, which protects the area from friction, can become inflamed from repetitive motion or irritation from shoes. In the foot, the back of the heel and the top of the toes are most often affected. These sacs cause localized redness, swelling, and pain.[1]

Make sure your shoes are not rubbing these areas to cause irritation. Treatment may include local ice therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, padding around the sacs to avoid irritation or corticosteroid injections to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

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