Treat bursitis before infection sets in

Bursitis known to appear in conjunction with severe bunions.

Bursitis and bunions appear togetherA team of researchers at Brown University recently reported that bursitis - an inflamed, fluid-filled sac that forms at joints - is a common cause of pain, but is easily treated when detected early on.

Bursitis can occur from overuse of the knees, elbows, hips and heels, and has also been known to appear in conjunction with severe bunions.

The authors noted that active individuals may be at risk of bursitis, since it often stems from athletics or repeated motions, and that the risk could be even higher during warm weather months when people are more apt to head outside.

While many athletes may brush off pain as a necessary evil of their sport, the researchers said that early treatment with a clinician may be the best way to prevent infection, which could lead to a host of other problems.

"By recognizing the presence of bursitis and determining whether or not infection is involved, clinicians can identify the best mode of treatment which will resolve symptoms and help the patient regain mobility," said lead author Daniel Aaron, M.D.

Bunion splints or orthotics may be beneficial for individuals with bunions accompanied by bursitis, since they have been shown to help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery.

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