Retrocalcaneal Bursitis Follow-up

Updated: Feb 02, 2022
  • Author: Patrick M Foye, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Return to Play

Athletes with retrocalcaneal bursitis may be expected to return to play without restrictions after they demonstrate the following:

  • Resolution of symptoms

  • Resolution of previous physical examination findings (eg, limping, tenderness on palpation)

  • Adequate performance of sports-specific practice drills without recurrence of symptoms or physical examination findings



Patients with retrocalcaneal bursitis should consider the following preventive measures:

  • Wear properly fitting footwear, and change running shoes on a regular basis, depending on the amount of use.

  • Avoid footwear that fits too tightly at the posterior heel.

  • Avoid high-heeled shoes.

  • Avoid corticosteroid injection by other clinicians, unless the risk of Achilles tendon rupture is fully understood.