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Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

Retrocalcaneal Bursitis is the most common type of heel bursitis, and occurs when the bursa around the heel becomes inflamed, usually due to overuse from activities such as walking, running or jumping. 

What is Retrocalcaneal Bursitis?

Retrocalcaneal bursa is a small fluid-filled sac in your heel region. It serves as a cushion or lubricating force to minimize the risk of stress and strain in repetitive injuries. Any inflammatory process or injury that may compromise the integrity of this bursa can lead to Retrocalcaneal Bursitis and may present as severe pain, discomfort and compromised mobility.

Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

Signs and Symptoms of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

The signs and symptoms of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis include:

  • Pain at the heel region and at the back of the ankle
  • Severe pain during strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights, moving on the stairs with repetitive motion, hopping etc.
  • Increase in pain during sports activities
  • Tenderness over the affected area.
  • Swelling
  • The person is unable to bear any weight on that leg.

Causes of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

Exposure to excessive stress or compression force along the retrocalcaneal area may lead to inflammation of bursa (such as ill-fitting footwear, repeated jumping, excessive running or walking).

You are also at much higher risk of developing Retrocalcaneal Bursitis if you have certain risk factors like congenital/ acquired bone deformities, weakness of calf muscles, metabolic syndrome and sudden changes in training schedule. In 18% of the cases, Retrocalcaneal Bursitis co-exists with rheumatoid arthritis, making it another significant risk factor (1).

Statistics and Epidemiology related of Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

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Reference:
  1. Falsetti, P., Frediani, B., Fioravanti, A., Acciai, C., Baldi, F., Filippou, G., & Marcolongo, R. (2003). Sonographic study of calcaneal entheses in erosive osteoarthritis, nodal osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Scandinavian journal of rheumatology, 32(4), 229-234. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03009740310003721

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