What Is A Bursitis

Foot Alignment  Clinic LogoWhat Is A Bursitis? A Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae, or small sacks of oil, in the body. The term bursa (plural bursae) is Latin for purse, which is what a bursa resembles. The bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, like muscles and tendons, slide across bone. In the bursae’s proper state, they create a smooth and almost frictionless surface over which to glide.When bursitis takes hold, however, those movements that rely on the inflamed bursa become rough and painful. In the lower limb, stressful weight bearing activities may need to be reduced on a temporary basis to allow the inflammation to lessen. Custom orthotics is required to reduce the stress at the ankle or within the foot and to improve the biomechanical efficiency of the structures above and below the bursae. Spinal mobilization , soft tissue stretching and massage as well as anti- inflammatory mediators (laser, pulsed ultrasound, interferential land ice) can be used in a multidisciplinary approach.

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