Retrocalcaneal bursitis is also know as heel bursitis caused by inflammation of a cushioning sac located where the Achilles passes over the heel bone. It is characterized by swelling and redness in the back of the heel. Often one may complain of pain when certain shoes that rubs against the area, pain with running or walking and pain with first rise from rest.
It is good clinical practice to see your podiatrist. This symptom is often associated with achilles tendonitis which with repetitive trauma can lead to rupture of the tendon. The key in your recovery and prevention of future problems include a proper evaluation of the Achilles, bursa and heel bone as well as identifying any biomechanics abnormalities.
So if you feel a sharp pain in the back of your heel, do not hesitate to call your podiatrist at Podiatric Associates. We have on site diagnostic tools that include digital X-rays and ultrasound to accurately diagnose your heel pain to get you back on track.