Retrocalcaneal bursitis (also known as ankle bursitis or Achilles tendon bursitis) is a condition in which the retrocalcaneal bursa, a small cushioning sac between the heel bone and the Achilles tendon, becomes inflamed.
Ankle bursitis is usually caused by overuse or repetitive movements of the ankle, so it is especially common in athletes. It can, however, also be caused by a direct impact injury or by forms of inflammatory arthritis, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
The most common signs and symptoms of ankle bursitis are:
If the ankle bursa should become infected, you may also experience a fever.
The most common treatments are nonsurgical and include:
Rarely, severe cases may require you to have a bursectomy (surgery to remove the bursa).
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