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Achilles Bursitis Overview

Another name for Achilles Bursitis is Ankle Bursitis.

What is ankle bursitis?
A person with bursitis has inflammation of a bursa, which is a small sac of slippery fluid. A bursa is found near a joint, where it acts as a lubricating pad between tendon and bone. Ankle bursitis is caused by overuse or injury. This most commonly occurs due to pressure on the heels such running or poorly fitting shoes. Most cases of ankle bursitis involve the bursa around the Achilles tendon. Any injury to the Achilles tendon could trigger the development of ankle bursitis.

What are the symptoms of ankle bursitis?
Common symptoms of ankle bursitis include ankle pain, heel pain, and limping. There may be swelling, warmth, and tenderness located around the Achilles tendon.

How does the doctor treat ankle bursitis?
Treatment for ankle bursitis usually includes rest, crutches, cold compresses, splinting, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Oral or injectable corticosteroids may be beneficial in some cases.

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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