Heel bursitis, an inflammation of a fluid-filled sac called a bursa located behind your heel, can be treated with a number of different strategies depending on your situation. In more minor cases, you may find that simple at-home strategies (taking a break from activities that cause pain, icing your heel a few times per day, taking over-the-counter pain medications responsibly) may be enough to get you through the discomfort.
For bursitis pain that’s more stubborn, a professional evaluation can reveal other strategies that may be effective in relieving symptoms and preventing future recurrence. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) are more advanced (yet still non-invasive) treatments we may consider. Custom orthotics may also be helpful if the pain is related to an abnormality in foot shape or gait.
Heel pain, whether from bursitis or otherwise, should be addressed by a professional as soon as it becomes bothersome—the sooner you fix it, the more likely simple treatments will be effective.