Calcaneal Brusitis / Heel Bursitis / Heel Pain
Plantar calcaneal bursitis usually presents as a dull ache in the centre of the undersurface of the heel. It usually occurs in conjunction with plantar fasciitis.
Calcaneal bursitis is not to be confused with other conditions that cause heel pain such as plantar fasciitis, bruised heels / fat pad consusions or calcaneal stress fractures.These conditions will all cause pain in the heel.
The plantar cancaneal bursa sits on the bottom of the heel between the plantar fascia and the calcaneus (heel bone). It is a small fluid filled sack that distorts with pressure. Its main function is to prevent the plantar fascia from rubbing directly on the underside of the calcaneus.