Heel Bursitis Treatment
Treatment for heel bursitis usually includes cushioned heel pads, orthotics, supportive footwear, and cold compresses. Additional treatment may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and crutches. Surgery may be helpful in those who also have a heel spur.
Treatment options for heel bursitis include:
- Cushioned heel pads
- Supportive footwear
- Cold compresses
- Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufen)
- Naproxen (Naprelan, Naprosyn, Anaprox)
- Ketoprofen (Orudis, Oruvail, Actron)
- Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Physical therapy for heel bursitis
- Calf stretching exercises
- Stand in front of a wall, with the affected foot flat on the floor. Lean forward toward the wall until a gentle stretching is felt in the Achilles tendon. Maintain stretch for one minute and then relax.
- Splint for heel bursitis
- Surgery for heel bursitis:
- To remove the bursa
Heel Bursitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of heel bursitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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