Bursitis Specialist

Manhattan Footcare

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Brooklyn, NY & Midtown East, New York, NY

When the fluid-filled sacs that cushion your joints and soft tissues become inflamed, you have what’s called bursitis. Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, of Manhattan Footcare in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City, understand how unbearably painful bursitis can be. Fortunately, they offer some of the most effective treatments available. To get relief, book an evaluation online or over the phone today.

Bursitis Q & A

What causes bursitis?

You have small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae near your joints. These sacs are responsible for cushioning your bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles so that they don’t rub against each other. When these sacs become inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis.

It’s common to develop bursitis in weight-bearing areas, such as your heel and at the base of your big toe, although bursitis can affect any joint in your body. Some of the common causes and risk factors of bursitis include:

  • Repetitive motions or overuse
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Being overweight
  • Aging

In some cases, bursitis is a side effect of an injury to the area, such as if you have a soft tissue strain due to a slip or fall.

Does bursitis cause symptoms?

With bursitis, severe foot and joint pain are the most common symptoms. If you have bursitis, you might find that the joint, whether it’s your ankle, toe, or other area, starts feeling:

  • Achy or sore
  • Stiff or swollen
  • Painful when putting pressure on it

You could even find that your foot or ankle appears red and inflamed in the area where you have bursitis. While any of these symptoms certainly warrant an evaluation at Manhattan Footcare, it’s particularly important to schedule an exam if you start experiencing a limited range of motion in the affected joint.

How is bursitis treated?

Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace will thoroughly evaluate you, including taking digital X-rays in the office if needed. Once they confirm you have bursitis and determine the severity of your condition, they’ll design a treatment plan, which may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Padding or bracing
  • Custom orthotics

If these conservative measures don’t help you, Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace may recommend surgery. Bursitis surgery usually involves draining the affected bursa.

To get your bursitis evaluation or to seek treatment, book an appointment online or call the Manhattan Footcare office nearest you today.