Retrocalcaneal Bursitis is one of the most common bursitis conditions which occurs above the heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches. Authentic Acupuncture in Balmain could provide you with an accelerated healing process to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet faster.
What are the symptoms and causes? Retrocalcaneal bursitis is often seen in women who wear high heeled or tight fitting shoes and is often termed ‘pump bump.’ Onset can be gradual and may take 2 to 3 months before symptoms become severe. Common symptoms will be pain, redness, swelling and irritation above where the Achilles attaches to the heel bone. If the bursa, which lies beneath the Achilles, is pressed, pain will be elicited. If the conditions worsens, the soft bump will become harder and thus more prone to pressure and thus pain.
This condition is commonly caused by footwear. The shoe will irritate the retrocalcaneal bursa from the rear. Sports activity may be a factor, however, it is usually in combination with predisposing factors. For example, an anatomically unusual shaped of the heel bone, flat feet and a high arch can all all cause the heel to rub against the shoe. Wearing high heels, as previously mentioned, is a common cause.
What can I do? Early intervention may prevent worsening and promote self resolution in mild cases. Stop the activity that caused the condition for 2 to 3 days and avoid the footwear that may have caused the inflammation. A simple ‘doughnut pad’ may be purchased from the chemist to take pressure off the bursitis. Consider adequate foot support for those with flat feet. If the condition is more severe, your G.P may consider a cortisone injection or even surgery. If the condition has not self resolved within 2 weeks consider Acupuncture therapy.
How can Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help resolve my Achilles bursitis?
Authentic Acupuncture and Senior Chinese medicine practitioner Brendan C. Meek are located in Balmain, in Sydney’s Inner West, and have been treating clients for more than 20 years for conditions of pain and injury. With regards to treatment, acupuncture therapy aims to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with bursitis pain to improve mobility and stimulate the body’s own innate self repair systems. Local treatment can include some soft tissue manipulation using acupressure and massage techniques along with infra red heat treatment to speed up the healing effects. As opposed to a one size fits all approach, Acupuncture treatment is conducting after diagnosis has decided which specific point or points are required for the individual to produce the best healing result. Sometimes, Chinese herbal medicines may be suggested to assist where the condition is chronic or other body systems such as sleep or digestion and fatigue are negatively influencing the healing response.
Brendan has used acupuncture treatment for many years to great effect for problems of the Achilles and including bursitis. Clients include locals and Olympic level athletes. If you’re looking for ‘acupuncture near me’ in Balmain or the Inner West or Sydney in general, call Authentic Acupuncture on (02) 9188 1560 to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!