Miami Heat Guard Suffering from Bursitis in the Foot

The Miami Heat's guard Goran Dragic is playing through painful bursitis in his foot.

His solution? A hole cut in the left sneaker to ease the pressure of this uncomfortable condition. Dragic is receiving medical treatment between games and so far has been able to continue playing at this critical time right before the playoffs.

What Is Bursitis?

Although bursitis is most often seen in the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee, some individuals may suffer from this condition in the foot or Achilles tendon.

The bursa is a small sac of fluid that cushions and lubricates many areas in the body where ligaments, tendons, muscles or bones rub against each other. Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa sac. Symptoms of bursitis include tenderness, stiffness and dull pain near the bursa. The area may appear swollen and warm to the touch. 

People who are at risk of having bursitis flare up are those who repeat motions over and over while working, playing sports or just going about their daily activities. Examples are professional athletes, gardeners, roofers, carpet layers and those who spend long periods of time cleaning or typing on a keyboard. 

Treating Bursitis

If the pain of bursitis becomes severe or the area is hot to the touch, or if you have a fever, it's time to visit Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute. We'll give your foot a careful examination to confirm a diagnosis of bursitis.

Our treatment will include:

  • Resting the area - this does not include playing basketball!
  • Ice the area for up to 15 minutes and twice each hour for 3 days.
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, with your doctor's permission, to relieve pain and inflammation. 
  • Do daily gentle range-of-motion exercises to prevent stiffness. As your pain eases, add strengthening exercises.
  • Avoid smoking as this can delay tissue healing.

Importantly - if your pain is not relieved in a few weeks or becomes more severe, please come back into our office for further assessment.

Preventing Bursitis

  • When you are ready to resume the activity that caused your bursitis, begin slowly for short durations. Always warm up before the activity and stretch afterwards.
  • Stop your activity if the pain resumes and apply ice to reduce swelling.
  • Alter how you perform repeated motion tasks. For example, switch hands when using a tool. Don't sit for long periods in the same position doing the same movements. 
  • Cushion your joints against hard surfaces and wear well-fitting, supportive shoes.
  • Consider taking lessons in your sport to improve your technique and ask your teacher to check any sporting equipment for size and ability.

Don’t Suffer from the Pain of Chronic Bursitis

Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat all types of foot, toe, heel and ankle pain including bursitis. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Most foot problems will not get better on their own - call us today!