Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ankle Bursitis Treatment

Treatment for ankle bursitis usually includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. A splint or crutches may help to reduce stress on the ankle and allow the bursa to heal. Most cases of ankle bursitis resolve in 4-6 weeks. For prolonged symptoms of ankle bursitis, additional treatment may include oral corticosteroids or injectable corticosteroids. Rarely, surgery is required to remove the bursa, or to repair abnormal structures near the bursa.

Treatment for ankle bursitis may include:

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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