The problem: Bursitis
What it is: Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled cushiony sac at the back of the ankle near the heel bone.
Telltale symptoms: Heel pain when you walk, run or touch the area. Even the pressure of your shoe will cause it to hurt.
Probable cause: Doing too much physical activity too soon.
Prevention 101: Ease into activity.
Treatment: Rest. Ice the area. Take an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory as needed. Place a gel heel cup in your shoe to cushion the area. If that doesn’t help, wear an open-heeled shoe until the inflammation subsides. For stubborn cases, a cortisone injection can ease inflammation. Physical therapy consisting of ultrasound and exercises to stretch and strengthen the ankle area may also be prescribed.