Heel Pain: Plantar Fasciitis vs Bursitis

If you experience foot pain in your heel, you may have either plantar fasciitis or bursitis. Determining the difference between the two will help guide your treatment – both the care you provide yourself at home as well as the care we provide you here at Northeastern Foot & Ankle.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia, which runs along the base of your foot, is a thick, flat band of connective tissue, also known as a ligament, that stretches from the heel of your foot to the base of your toes. Signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the heel of your foot when walking or when stationary, extreme pain when stepping out of bed in the morning, pain after long periods of immobility, and an increased level of pain after physical activity or exercise.

What Is Bursitis?

Bursitis is also inflammation. It affects fluid-filled sacs in the joints throughout your body. When you get bursitis in your heel, where there are two bursae sacs near your Achilles tendon, it can be confused with plantar fasciitis. However, the symptoms are different: Where the pain from plantar fasciitis is often its worst in the morning when you first wake up, bursitis often feels better in the morning and becomes more uncomfortable throughout the day. You can usually see the swelling of the bursae in your heal where the pain is.

If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis or bursitis or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.