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Subcutaneous Tendo-Achilles bursitis is caused by the inflammation of fluid-filled sacs (called bursae) that act as cushions between bones and the softer tissue of tendons and ligaments in your heel. In the majority of cases, rest, physical therapy and medications can reduce or resolve bursitis symptoms. However, in the rare instance of infected bursitis, we may decide that surgery is the best treatment option.


Our orthopedists may recommend medication, including antibiotics, to reduce the inflammation causing your bursae to swell and impede the motion of your foot. We also may recommend physical therapy to stretch and strengthen muscles around the ankle, injections of steroidal drugs to minimize swelling and use of heel inserts or cushions to reduce pressure on the area.