An Overview of Bursitis in the Foot
Bursitis is a common condition that occurs when a bursa becomes irritated and inflamed - this is typically due to repetitive movements with high friction on the bursa sac or through a sharp blow to the bursa (acute trauma). If you are suffering from bursitis in your foot, you are well aware that something is very wrong, as there will be a lot of pain and discomfort with every step you take.
Bursitis can occur in a few different areas of the foot as follows:
- at the toe joints near the end of the foot - this is the metatarsal bursa
- The inside side of the foot just back from the big toe - this is the metatarsophalangeal bursa
- The back portion of the heel, commonly known as achilles bursitis. There are 2 different bursa sacs behind the heel and are medically termed as the retrocalcaneal bursa and the subcutaneous calcaneal bursa. You can learn more about achilles bursitis by going to our achilles bursitis overview page, found here
Although there is only a small number of bursae that occur naturally in the foot, the body creates more bursae in areas where pressure and friction of great. As we walk, run or jump, the ground surface and the shoes we wear play an important role in how much trauma our feet experience. Every step can cause a small amount of damage to a particular area in the foot which can increase the risk of bursitis.
You May Have Foot Bursae That Others Do Not
Since the feet take such a tremendous load as we go about our daily tasks, there are several points in the foot that can develop bursitis due to added pressure and rubbing.
As we stated earlier, the main bursae in the foot that become affected by bursitis include the metatarsal bursa, the metatarsophalangeal bursa, and the calcaneal bursa - BUT - other bursae can and will develop (and possibly become inflamed) where the foot requires excess cushioning.
There are a myriad of interesting characteristics of the human body that are not well known, and the fact that the body will grow a bursa wherever it is needed is certainly one of them. Perhaps someone that frequently wears high heeled shoes over a long period of time will have bursae in areas that others do not. Another example would be someone that walks with an abnormal gait - over time bursa sacs may develop in areas where they do not develop in someone with a uniform gait.
Common Bursae of the Foot
The metatarsal bursa is located at the base of the toes on the bottom of the foot. This bursa can be irritated when one metatarsal bone takes more load than the others. When this happens, the soft tissue between the bone and the skin becomes compressed and inflammation in the bursa can begin. Walking barefoot on a hardwood or tiled floor without cushioning will increase pain noticeably due to the direct pressure on the metatarsal bursa.
Bursitis can occur on the top of the toes as well. Those suffering from conditions like hammertoe often develop bursitis as a secondary condition. An abnormal toe joint can cause excessive rubbing against shoes. The constant rubbing will make the toe tender, swollen and red as bursitis sets in. Wearing shoes is painful and even the pressure from wearing socks can cause pain and discomfort.
Intermetatarsal bursitis occurs when the tiny bursa between the toes (metatarsals) become compressed. Tight and narrow shoes can be the cause, however, it can occur naturally as we age and the arches in our feet begin to flatten. As the arches fall, the metatarsals put more pressure on the bursae that separate the toes. In this situation, swelling is rare but the pain usually travels right up to the toes. Wearing wider shoes and supports in your shoes can decrease the pressure on the bursae and help to alleviate pain.
The metatarsophalangeal bursa is located on the inner part of the foot near the big toe. This bursa is a common spot for bursitis to develop as it is where a bunion (enlarged metatarsal bone) causes excess rubbing. Naturally, a bursa by a bunion can become inflamed with the excess friction in the area. Patients suffering from bursitis in the metatarsophalangeal bursa often have difficulties finding shoes that do not exacerbate the pain and sometimes resort to open shoes that do not cover the painful bursa.
At the bottom back of the heel lies the calcaneal bursa. Bursitis is common in this bursa due to the thinning of the fat pad in the heel over time. The micro-trauma the heel undergoes with every step eventually becomes too much and the bursa becomes inflamed. This type of bursitis can be difficult to treat due to the constant pressure on the heel. Without proper rest and rehabilitation, bursitis may become a chronic problem in the heel. Heel cushions and prescription orthotics with extra foam in the heel can help to relieve the pressure but as with other types of foot bursitis, conservative treatment methods are recommended for a faster recovery and to prevent bursitis from becoming a life long nuisance.
Symptoms of Foot Bursitis
The most recognizable sign of foot bursitis is swelling caused by the enlargement of the bursa. This swelling is the build up of excess fluid in the bursa.
When you suffer from bursitis you typically feel significant pain in the area of the inflamed bursa. If tendonitis is also present, the pain can radiate away from the bursa. Direct pressure on an inflamed bursa will increase the pain and should be avoided if possible.
You may also experience weakness in tendons and muscles surrounding the bursa as the pain worsens and inflammation in the area spreads.
As the bursa becomes more inflamed you will experience swelling, tenderness, warmth & redness. In severe cases the bursa will appear as a bump and is usually red, appearing extremely tender and painful. Swelling can cause difficulties moving your toes, foot, or ankle as the range of motion in the joints of your foot will be affected. Swelling may appear immediately following trauma, over a couple of hours, or up to 7-10 days after the event that caused the irritation.
You will most probably be limping from the pain.
It is important to treat bursitis in the early stages to reduce the symptoms, minimize damage and maintain motion and strength in your foot. Resting your foot, using proper cushioning and comfortable footwear, and reducing any activities that add pressure on your bursa will help to reduce your pain and bursitis inflammation. When at rest, the fluid in the bursa decreases, helping to relieve the pressure and pain. By treating your foot bursitis in the early stages with conservative treatment method, you are more likely to prevent long-term damage and chronic conditions from setting in.
Causes of Foot Bursitis
Bursitis is caused when an inflammation occurs and excess fluid builds up in one or several bursae. This build up of excess fluid can be caused by many different factors. The biggest factor is the bursa becoming inflamed due to strain or something (like a muscle, bone or tendon) rubbing against it too hard.
High Risk - Pronation Abnormal pronation, or how much your foot rolls when you step, can cause the joints to move in ways they are not suppose to adding pressure on the bursae. This can cause irritation and inflammation and can start to cause pain in the bursae as well as in the surrounding tissue. Twisting your ankle the incorrect way or moving too quickly can cause the bursa to pinch resulting in an inflamed bursa sac as well.
Wearing uncomfortable or improper footwear throughout the day or while playing sports also increase your chance of bursitis developing in your feet and toes. Wearing proper fitting shoes with cushioning will make your feet feel better and reduce your risk of bursitis.
Other causes of bursitis in the foot include:
- Overusing a joint - This can cause the bursa to become inflamed through being used too much.
- Prolonged stress on a bursa - This can cause the surrounding tissue to pinch the bursa, which can cause an inflammation.
- Activities/Sports (such as long walks or ice skating) - These can cause too much stress to be put on the bursae.
- Twisting a joint/Moving a joint too rapidly - This can pinch the bursa, resulting in inflammation.
- Alternately, bursitis can be caused by bacteria. In this case, it is known as septic bursitis. Septic bursitis is usually accompanied by a fever due to the infection in the bursa and must be treated with antibiotics.
- In any case, the first thing you should do if you think you have bursitis is to see your doctor for a diagnosis and advice on a treatment that is right for you.
Do You Really Have Foot Bursitis?
Visiting your doctor when you have foot, ankle or heel pain is always recommended, as there are many possible issues that can happen within the foot. Sometimes, one set of symptoms can result in multiple diagnoses.
Some conditions that can show similar symptoms to various types of foot bursitis:
This condition that occurs at the back of the heel when you are suffering from achilles tendonitis & bursitis at the retrocalcaneal bursa. The retrocalcaneal bursa is a small fluid-filled sac at the back of the calcaneus (heel bone) that allows the Achilles tendon to slide smoothly over the heel bone.
Haglund's Deformity is a painful, enlarged boney protrusion of the upper posterolateral calcaneus that is caused by calcification of the heel bone due to the inflammation of Haglund's Syndrome. Unfortunately, this boney protrusion causes further irritation to the retrocalcaneal bursa and achilles tendon due to excess compression of the Achilles tendon and bursa between the protrusion and the back of shoes or other footwear. This increased irritation then causes Haglund's Syndrome to become worse - thus completing a vicious cycle of 2 conditions causing each other to continuously worsen.
Morton's neuroma will show symptoms of burning pain in the ball of the foot that may radiate into the toes. The pain generally intensifies with activity or wearing shoes. You sometimes feel that you are "walking on a marble," and you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot - you may even experience numbness in your toes. If you have Morton's Neuroma, you are experiencing a thickening of soft tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes. This condition is caused by irritation, trauma or excessive pressure. Morton's neuroma most frequently develops between the third and fourth toes.
Metatarsalgia will show symptoms of pain in the "ball of your foot" - basically the area between your arch and the toes that supports your weight when your heel is off the ground. This ball-of-the-foot pain is often located under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th long bones of the foot (metatarsal heads) or sometime more at the base of the big toe (1st metatarsal head). Metatarsalgia is a common overuse injury; persistent stress on the metatarsals can lead to chronic irritation and inflammation of the bone covering and surrounding tissues, such as ligaments and tendons. Increased risk of of metatarsalgia comes from:
- wearing shoes that are too tight around the toe area (especially high heeled shoes)
- being overweight - excess weight can strain the foot
- if you have arthritis or gout, you are at a higher risk of getting metatarsalgia
- having other foot trouble (high arches, hammer toes, flat feet, plantar fasciitis)
Sesamoiditis will occur when there is pain and inflammation in the sesamoid tendons that encapsulate the sesamoid bones. You may experience pain that will come and go in the ball of the foot just beneath your big toe joint. This pain will build-up over time rather than happen over-night. Swelling of the ball of the foot and bruising may or may not be present. You may notice range of motion changes and start having a hard time bending or straightening the big toe.
Plantar Fasciitis pain associated with plantar fasciitis normally starts as a dull ache and then progresses to a sharp, knife-like pain or constant throbbing feeling that is worse when you put weight on your foot. The most tender areas tend to be in the center of your heel and along the inside and bottom of your foot towards your toes, where your heel and arch meet. It is worsened when you move your toes upward. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes, and supports the arch of your foot.
How Do I Diagnose Foot Bursitis?
When you are experiencing foot or heel pain and suspect you have bursitis, the best way to diagnose this condition is with a quick visit to the your doctor for a physical examination of your foot. Getting a proper diagnosis is important so you can treat your condition correctly. Untreated chronic inflammation of bursitis can lead to calcification of the bursa. Calcification of the bursa will mean that it will become more persistent and even more painful than before.
To begin with, your doctor will gather a medical history about you and your current condition and symptoms. He/she will ask about the amount pain you are having with your lower leg and foot. How long you have had your symptoms and if you are experiencing a range of motion loss or limp when walking/running. Details about what caused the pain in the foot, when it started, and whether or not you have ever had treatments for this or a similar condition in the past, are very helpful in assessing your injury.
Range of motion movements / tests will be done to see how much movement has been lost in your foot. Your feet might hurt from the doctor poking and prodding at it, but by doing this the doctor will better understand the source of your pain, the level of tenderness in the area and how well you can move with this condition.
Your doctor may also consider any previous foot/knee injuries or joint stiffness that you may have had in the past. This will help the doctor to determine if you have a more complex injury in your foot and rule out any other foot injuries that may be present.
If a soft tissue injury is suspected, an MRI may be undertaken to view where and how extensive the damage is. An x-ray may be recommended to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. Possible causes of pain that an x-ray can identify include instability, abnormal bone shapes (bone spurs or bone cysts), wear and tear on the joints, avulsion fractures (when a fragment of bone tears away from the main bone along with the muscle, tendon, or ligament as a result of trauma), dislocations, arthritis, calcium deposits in the bursa or joint, and/or other problems.
Some bursae in the heel are close to the surface of the skin and are more susceptible to infection (caused by a cut or scrape) than most other bursae. An infected bursa is known as "septic" and is something to take seriously as it can quickly become life threatening. Your doctor may aspirate (use a needle) to remove fluid from the bursa to check for possible staphylococcus epidermis (or staphylococcus aureus) bacterial infection. Your doctor will be able to determine whether there is an infection or not by drawing a small sample of the bursa fluid with a needle. If it is determined that your bursitis is septic, you will be prescribed antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
A physical examination will be performed to determine if you have any signs of Achilles Bursitis or other ankle injury. He/she will look and feel the soft tissue and bones in your ankles and feet to note any differences between the two of them. This will identify any abnormalities, such as swelling, bone deformities, atrophied muscles, redness and/or warmth on the skin. In many cases, the first sign that you have bursitis is swelling, typically accompanied with significant pain.
If a soft tissue injury is suspected, an MRI will likely be done to view where and how much the damage is in your foot. An x-ray may be recommended to rule out a bone spur or other foreign body as the cause of your foot pain.
Foot Bursitis Home Remedies
What You Can Do!
Conservative Home Treatment Options to Help
Speed Up Healing of Your Bursitis
Many cases of bursitis in the foot will heal by elimination of poor fitting footwear and the incorporation of simple home conservative treatments. Surgery is often not needed for dealing with bursitis and is typically considered as a last option resort.
It's generally understood by doctors and surgeons that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into tendons and ligaments (soft tissue) in your foot. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring physical therapy and conservative treatment options post-surgery. When it comes to bursitis there's only a few surgical options for treatment - removal of the bursa sac, scraping of the bone(s) to allow more room for the new bursa to grow back. This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort for chronic bursitis that has not responded to 2 to 4 months of conservative treatment methods.
Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:
- Rest - This is important for initial healing because without proper rest you're at risk for increased pain and inflammation. If you are not pro-active with resting your foot, your condition will probably worsen and turn from an acute injury into a chronic one.
- Avoid Activities that Caused Your Bursitis - While resting your foot it's also important to avoid all activities that may have caused or exacerbated the problem. Continuing forward with these activities will probably increase the severity of the injury. (ie. continuing to wear high heels or poor fitting footwear)
- Apply a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to Combat Swelling - Immediate cold therapy at the onset of your injury (or during flareups) will help you combat the pain and inflammation of bursitis and tendinitis. Immediate pain relief and reduced inflammation can also relieve some of the pressure that's being placed on your bursa although cold can also shorten tendons, causing more friction on the bursa sac. Generally, use cold when there is swelling but stop if you notice pain levels rising.
- Use T•Shellz Wrap® (Soft Tissue Therapy) Once Swelling is Down - After any inflammation and/or swelling has been reduced, use your own blood flow to maximize your rehabilitation, decrease recovery time, and boost overall long-term healing. Soft Tissue Therapy a potent home treatment medical device and can be very helpful in dealing chronic tendon, muscle & bursitis injuries or on-going pain & stiffness from atrophy in the foot, heel and ankle.
- Physical therapy and rehabilitative exercise under supervision of a physical therapist or doctor. The intent of this is to provide you with increased range of motion, pain relief and strengthening of the soft tissue surrounding swollen bursa in your foot. Caution: aggressive physical therapy can be harmful, such as aggressive stretching or massage. When dealing with an metacarpals, sesamoids, ankles or heels that have low range of motion, there is greater risk of injury to weak and damaged muscles and tendons of the joint (ie strain, tears, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, etc).
Stage 1: If the bursa injury is very recent - use a good quality cold pack and Arnica Pain Relief Cream.
Note: If you are suffering from a bursitis and/or tendinitis injury that has been going on for awhile, you may not need much cold treatment as inflammation may be minimal. Anytime you are experiencing significant pain, you may find our Arnica Infusion Pain Relief Cream to be quite helpful.
If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the very early stages of the injury (first 48 to 72 hours), the first step in a conservative treatment protocol would be to focus on reducing the discomfort by applying a quality cold pack to the injured foot along with a high quality pain relief cream such as our Arnica Infusion Cream.
Not only will you use your cold pack for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, but you should also use it during other stages of the healing process. Some examples include...
- after any activity that stresses the foot in a moderate way. It is wise to quickly apply cold therapy to not only reduce the pain, but to also minimize tissue damage that may have occurred during the prior event.
- If you have a job that requires you to place some demands on your foot. If that is the case, use cold therapy immediately following work and if the opportunity allows - use it for 15 to 20 minutes during lunch or another break time.
- If you are in a post-operative situation where cold compression would be utilized heavily for at least the first few weeks following the procedure. Similarly, if you are scheduled for upcoming surgery, then your doctor or surgeon might recommend undertaking cold therapy before the surgery.
Having a Cold Compress or Ice Pack available at home to use if and when the need arises is helpful. Many of you already do so.
However, too many people over-focus on cold therapy while ignoring the most critical aspect to healing - nourishing the injured tissues with a healthy supply of blood flow needed to repair and rebuild the injured tissues.
This leads to the most important recommendation...
Stage 2: Focus on Increasing Blood Flow To Injured Soft Tissue - As This is The ONLY Way It Will Heal For the Long-Term
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to injured soft tissue in the shoulder can be difficult. Traditional methods require your joint to move to promote blood flow (exercise), but that same motion that promotes blood flow can at times lead to making your pain and condition worse - exacerbating your bursitis.
- Have you re-injured your foot by returning to work too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your foot just trying to perform basic tasks around the home?
- Is your debilitated foot preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. Perhaps it has already happened to you.
Promoting blood flow within a muscle or soft tissue injury (such as bursitis) to help the body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. This is where the focus has to be if you are seeking long-term improvement.
Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from an injury or condition will be delayed...sometimes for a very long period of time.
The real challenge is how do you promote blood flow to the bursa in the foot without causing further injury? Keep in mind that the foot is involved pretty much any physical movement made if we are on our feet.
When people think blood flow beyond exercise, they instantly think "heating pad". Unfortunately, many individuals make the mistake in believing that a simple heating pad or microwavable gel packs will provide the blood flow needed to heal injured soft tissue. Nothing could be further from the truth.
To begin with, heating pads and warmed gel packs work on conduction. The heat they generate has to be forced through multiple layers of skin and fatty tissues. With each layer of skin the heat passes through, there is a corresponding energy loss because that heat is absorbing into each layer it passes through- the skin is an excellent insulator! Your body responds to this heat by increasing the blood flow near your skins surface (not in your injured tissue) to dissipate the heat and it does so quite effectively.
By the time what little heat reaches below the skin, sub-dermal layer and fat layer into the targeted area (the dense, injured tissues), very little energy remains and this does not effectively enhance blood flow. With little blood flow reaching these injured tissues - healing just doesn't happen.
The heating pad may feel comforting when on the body, but that is because the warmth is absorbing into the skin. Moist heat has been believed to be more effective at warming internal tissues versus dry heat, because it is believed that water transfers heat more quickly than through air. Clinical studies do not support that popular belief.
When you are using a heating pad, all that you are really accomplishing is warming of the skin. The unintended consequence is that you draw blood flow AWAY from the targeted tissues (the injured ones deeper in the body) and direct the blood flow to the surface of the body.
Warming the skin will not significantly contribute to healing of muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or any other tissues.
The T•Shellz Wrap® - Heal Your Bursitis For The Long Term
The best option we came across in our research to accomplish true healing of bursitis (and other soft tissue injuries of the foot) is the T•Shellz Wrap®. Use of this FDA registered medical device results in a dramatic increase in blood flow to injured soft tissue located deep within the body - all in a non-invasive manner.
Using a T•Shellz Wrap® will not expose you to the risk of causing further harm to soft tissue like you can when using rigorous exercise. The T•Shellz Wrap® accomplishes the goal of enhanced blood flow without the need for intensive exercise and as such reduces your risk of re-injury.
T•Shellz Wrap® = Accelerated Recovery Power for Bursitis in the Foot
The T•Shellz Wrap® is based on the scientifically validated principal of Electromagnetic energy as we discussed previously. This form of treatment is safe and effective as shown in numerous studies which can be referenced through the National Library of Medicine. Professional athletes and those in the medical field have been users of the technology for decades - it really hasn't been until recently that companies like ours introduced the treatment devices to the home user.
The healing energy from the T•Shellz Wrap® does not absorb into the skin - it absorbs directly into the damaged muscle and soft tissue (as a result, you will not feel the same level of heat on the skin versus a heating pad). The longer wavelength provides the electromagnetic energy wrap with the capability of penetrating deep into the body (well over two and a half inches).
EM energy emitted from the T•Shellz Wrap® is absorbed by high protein tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage) and is converted into Kinetic energy - much of this energy being released as heat. Overall, EM energy will warm soft tissues, improve blood circulation, and boost metabolism and enzyme activity. In stimulating localized blood flow to damaged soft tissue, you provide needed oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies to regenerate new, healthy collagen. In addition, you will experience a clearing of toxins and excess fluid build up from the injury site. Over the intermediate term, this helps to reduce incidents of swelling as trapped fluids will be whisked away - reducing pressure on blood vessels.
Using the T•Shellz Wrap® is truly a unique experience. Within moments of applying a treatment to your foot, you can feel the healing sensation due to the increase in blood flow deep within the foot. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, the treated area will feel relaxed and less painful. It's a very soothing sensation and extremely effective.
Who Should Use the T•Shellz Wrap®
We recommend the use of a T•Shellz Wrap®:
- If you have bursitis, tendinitis or any other injured soft tissue in your foot, then deep tissue heat from the use of a T•Shellz Wrap® will enhance blood flow (& thereby boost the body's healing response), increase flexibility of soft tissue & increase the length of soft tissue, thus reducing your risk of re-injury while healing at an advanced rate.
- If you are dealing with conditions affecting your range of motion such as tendinosis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, or even arthritis.
- If you have a chronic foot condition that has lasted for years- this device will help start the rebuilding process and help strengthen the surrounding and supporting tissues. Many of our past clients had suffered for years, then were completely amazed at the results only after a few months of treatments.
- If you are still working with an injured foot, the T•Shellz Wrap® will help relax injured soft tissue prior to work and after a day at the job.
- If you are still trying to enjoy your favorite activities such as gardening, tennis, golf, etc - use the T•Shellz Wrap® prior to activity to help reduce chances of re-injuring or re-aggravating those targeted tissues.
- If you are suffering from bursitis in your foot and want to treat the major source of it (secondary damage to the muscle and tendon surrounding the bursa sac). Through overuse or degenerative changes in the foot, the muscle and tendons surrounding the bursa sacs will tighten and constrict. When they do, they place pressure on the bursa, causing it to become irritated. Applying a soothing and deep penetrating heat energy to the foot relaxes soft tissue, taking pressure off the bursa.
- If you are experiencing atrophy in your foot and want to reduce the chance of re-injury while stretching - this is a perfect treatment to use every time before you stretch.
- If you have been to physical therapy for some form of regenerative therapy and your physical therapist or physician told you to get a radiant energy wrap for your ankle, then this is exactly what you need.
- If you have injured your foot and need surgery, then this is exactly what you need after your surgery to help the surgically repaired tissues rebuild for long-term health (once incision wounds have healed & swelling is reduced)
Deep Heat Increases Blood Circulation
Greater Blood Circulation Results in
Faster Healing of Soft Tissue
T•Shellz Wrap® = Deep Heat
T•Shellz Wraps® contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your foot and arm, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.
Best of all...
The T•Shellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.
As mentioned earlier, the use of electromagnetic energy is becoming much more commonplace in North America for everyday people. The technology has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.
Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a soft tissue foot injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a diathermy treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to injured soft tissue. Most athletes have the luxury and access to use in-house therapy facilities with treatment options such as these many times per day.
How many us can afford the time and money to visit a therapy clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain the same advantage that athletes enjoy in healing their own injuries - by using a device like the T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.
Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement
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What Else Makes the T•Shellz Wrap® So Special?
We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.
We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.
The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.
It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.
Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.
A Recap of the Benefits of the T•Shellz Wrap®..
- Targeted treatment of Tendinosis, Tenosynovitis, Tendinopathy, Tendon Tears, Bursitis, Impingement, Arthritis, etc
- It can be used before exercise to warm up your arm to reduce the risk of injury
- FDA Registered medical device for use in home or clinics - high quality
- Increases flexibility and length of soft tissue (reducing the re-injury factor)
- It soothes pain and whisks away toxins
- Carbon fiber Energy Pad is strong, lightweight, and flexible - contours very easily
- It provides an accelerated healing rate that will save time and money when associated with doctor or physical therapist visits
- it is an outstanding tool for post-surgery rehabilitation, getting you back to work faster
Which T•Shellz Wrap® Should I Get?
The T•Shellz Wrap® you choose will depend on what area of the foot you want to treat.
- If you want to treat under or above the ball of the foot, the toes, the top of the foot or around the ankle bones, then you will need the Sesamoid T•Shellz Wrap®. Click here to view it on our web shop.
- If you want to treat the bottom of your heel and the plantar fascia, then we recommend the Plantar T•Shellz Wrap®. Click here to view it on our web shop.
- If you want to treat the back of the heel and achilles tendon, we recommend the Achilles T•Shellz Wrap®. Click here to view it on our web shop.
When Should I Use My T•Shellz Wrap® During the Day?
The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my foot wrap and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.
- Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).
The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:
- Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff and your risk of further injury is high)
- Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the arm, allowing for better sleep)
- Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).
Stage 3 - In Between Treatments With T•Shellz Wrap®, Apply Our New Fast Acting Pain Relief Cream Called ARNICA INFUSION
Dealing with aches and pains affecting the foot, ankle, leg, knee, hamstring, hip, back, arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand? If so, then applying the Arnica Infusion to any of these targeted areas will bring about fast relief from the pain and sore tissues. Simply apply a small amount of cream to the body and moments later, you will experience a soothing and comforting sensation over the area.
Arnica Infusion is specially designed to relieve pain due to sore muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. No matter if you are dealing with an acute injury, chronic pain, or a general "flare-up" - you will experience fast relief from pain and inflammation.
This is a product that many of our current MendMeShop customers asked us to develop. So we focused our time and resources over the past few years and came up, with we believe, will be one of more effective, fast acting, topical pain relief creams on the market.
You are likely familiar with some of the standard topical agents on the market as most of our customers use them. The are mass marketed and even found in most department stores now.
Well, we are here to say that Arnica Infusion goes many steps beyond what they offer.
Made in the USA at an FDA registered manufacturing facility, you can be assured that Arnica Infusion is both safe and effective. We only source top grade ingredients while implementing strict quality control checks during every step of the production process. Expect the same high quality that MendMeShop customers have been accustomed to since we started the company in 2005.
The "Cool Blue" formula is the perfect balance between the smooth application of a cream and the effective absorbing factor of a gel. It is not too thick and not too thin - just the right texture. Best of all, it feels very nice on the skin!
Each application of Arnica Infusion feels so comforting and soothing, we are certain it will become an item you will not want to live without.
Arnica Infusion Ingredients
The Arnica Infusion formula is based on a combination of scientific research and the use of high quality ingredients. The properties within the formula were chosen for their pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and soothing qualities.
The acting ingredients within the formula include ones many of us are familiar with; along with ones that have not received a lot of publicity (only in research circles). Extensive testing resulted in a blending of ingredients that provides the most synergistic of benefits.
The notable ingredients in the Arnica Infusion formula include:
- Arnica - powerful anti-inflammatory, speeds recovery, enhances circulation
- Menthol - provides deep penetrating pain relief with a nice cooling sensation
- Vitamin B6 - promotes normal nerve function
- MSM - supports healthy connective tissues, anti-inflammatory
- Ilex Leaf Extract - increases circulation, skin conditioner
- Vitamin E - anti-inflammatory, enhances circulation, hydrates the skin
- Aloe - anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin
- Tea Tree - enhances penetration of ingredients
Extensive quality control procedures during the manufacturing process ensure the ingredients and final product are both safe and effective. We would not stake our reputation on anything but the best.
When Do I Apply the Arnica Infusion?
While At Work
Apply Arnica Infusion at work to help reduce acute discomfort associated with overuse of muscles and joints. No matter if you are in a physical demanding job or work within an office environment, you will be placing stress on different parts of the body and aches and pains will result.
Before Or After Work, Sports, & Activity
If you suffer from a sprained ligament, pulled muscle, strained tendon, or even bruising - apply Arnica Infusion for quick relief of the pain.
Chronic Pain Suffering
Application of Arnica Infusion can be done up to a maximum of 4 times per day on a consistent basis to help bring about relief from various pains and aches.
In-between Treatments With the T•Shellz Wraps®
Follow up your T•Shellz and cold therapy treatments with an application of Arnica Infusion. Combine the pain relieving benefits of Arnica Infusion along with the healing benefits of the wraps to make your recovery go much more smoothly.
Do not apply Arnica Infusion within a 2 hour timespan before a T•Shellz Wrap® treatment.
Whether you decide to use the Arnica Infusion in conjunction with the T-Shell and other treatments - or if you decide to use the cream as a stand-alone product - you will not be disappointed with the results. We guarantee it.
A Note On OverCompensation
Since you are reading this, you probably know that serious foot bursa and tendon injuries do not just disappear. Over time, they usually wreak havoc on your heel and knees due to lack of movement and over-compensation. It will also wreak havoc on your opposite foot due to overcompensation. Recovery takes a longer time for such chronic (long term) injuries, but proper healing is essential to regain strength and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
The longer your injury endures, the greater the risk of running into serious overcompensation injuries.
To Stop Re-Injury & Reduce the Risk of a More Serious Overcompensation Injury, You Need to Heal Quickly & Completely!
Anyone in need of rapid recovery and complete healing must consider a comprehensive treatment plan that includes an effective means to minimize swelling and inflammation yet also stimulate healing and promote soft tissue elasticity. We have found no better set of tools that can be used at home than this:
What You Definitely Need to Successfully Treat
& Heal Your Bursitis at Home:
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic T•Shellz Wrap® to generate deep heat in the area of your injured soft tissue. Your body responds to this deep heat by increasing blood circulation to this same area, thus helping accelerate the healing of injured soft tissue.
- MendMeShop Arnica Pain Cream for temporary relief of pain due to sore muscles and joints.
- An Exercise & Stretching Plan to prevent muscle atrophy & shortened tendons. A proper plan will increase elasticity and strengthen the muscles of the foot, ankle, lower leg and knee of the injured foot.
Conservative treatment tools just like these have been used successfully by thousands of bursitis and tendinitis injury sufferers - just like you.
Our Devices Are Not Only Used To Help Heal Active Injuries - They Can Also Be Used Post-Operative to Accelerate Healing
Doctors and Surgeons are always improving the techniques used in surgery, and results from surgery now are much more positive than they were in the past. However, all surgeries introduce scar tissue, and recovery from bursectomy surgery can be less than ideal and take longer than anticipated.
If you do wind up getting surgery, know that rehabilitation at-home while attending regular physical therapy or doctor appointments is vital for your overall recovery.
Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation while working with your doctor or physical therapist is key. This is why you should seriously consider maximizing your recovery by using the T•Shellz Wrap® at home once you are approved for physical therapy.
The more consistent you work at enhancing blood flow to surgically repaired soft tissue, the more consistent the healing process will be. Nourishing the tissues will more oxygen and nutrients (which are carried through the blood stream) will give the body a better ability to produce new, healthy collagen. In effect, you will help the body produce stronger tissues while potentially reducing the number of setbacks that can occur following surgical procedures.
If you are unsure about whether you need surgery for your bursitis, you may want to read through our "Do I Need Surgery Page, here.
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T•Shellz Wrap® = Deep Heat
Deep Heat = Greatly Increased Blood Flow in Your Injured Foot
We believe the use of T•Shellz Wraps® for effective treatment of soft tissue foot injuries (bursitis, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, foot strain, ankle sprain) is one of the most under-utilized home treatment options available on the market today. We have thousands of customers that have tried many options out there and have been amazed at how effective and fast the TShellz Wrap treatment can heal soft tissue injuries.
With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Deep Heat from the wrap will trigger increased blood flow in your foot. Increased blood flow will accelerated the healing rate of soft tissue.
- Your foot and ankle will have a larger range of motion, increased extensibility of collagen tissue, and thus a reduced risk of re-injury. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition.
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The Key Point To Keep in Mind When Treating Bursitis in the Foot
Make Sure That Complete Healing is Your #1 Goal
We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain is gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, this is not always true.
Too many people only focus on suppressing pain symptoms while providing less attention to the true healing aspects of the body. Experiencing less pain, while obviously a good short-term goal, never equates to underlying healing. Scar tissue can remain for months after one gets to a point of being relatively pain-free. However, as long the weak and brittle scar tissue remains, you are susceptible to re-injury or re-aggravation. Certain motions or movements can cause the weaker tissue to easily tear - resulting in some reversal of the recovery up until that point.
This is why we recommend for people to continue with their doctor or therapist recommended exercises and to continue with mild treatments of the T•Shellz Wrap® for a period of time - to better ensure complete healing.
Ongoing treatments to enhance circulation will soothe, relax and promote healing of your damaged foot bursae, muscles and tendons. T•Shellz treatments will also allow your soft tissue to extend further due to the deep warming sensation created by the enhanced circulation to the treatment area. The more extensible your tissues are, the less likely they are to strain or sprain.
The T•Shellz Wrap® is a highly effective therapy tool for people suffering from soft tissue damage in the lower bicep tendon/muscle, forearm tendons/muscles, elbow bursitis or other soft tissue damage in the elbow area. (muscle tears, spasm, tendon tears, strains, tendonitis, tendinopathy, tendinosis, impingements, pain associated with trigger points, scar tissue, and arthritis).
Our Foot Bursitis Therapy Formula
is Proven to Work!
It may seem hard to believe, but our TShellz Wrap home therapy products will assist you in recovering from the bursitis in your foot by maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain.
Here at AidMyBursa we pride ourselves in helping you with your healing and recovery process. Everyone at AidMyBursa has tested and used the products, finding solutions to conditions that do not fit into the norm. This dedication to our customers and our products goes hand-in-hand with our guarantees to you as a customer:
- Guarantee #1 - Use your products diligently for up to 60 days and you will experience a significant reduction in pain. If not, we encourage you to send back the items for a 100% refund.
- Guarantee #2 - You will not be left in the dark after purchasing any product form us. AidMyBursa Advisers and Product Specialists are available Mon - Fri by toll free phone 1.866.237.9608 or email to answer your questions or concerns.
- Guarantee #3 - Your order is guaranteed to be shipped within 24 hours on every business day.
- Guarantee #4 - All purchases receive a one year, full replacement warranty with guaranteed, prompt service.
- Guarantee #5 - You could save hundreds of dollars and possibly more, by utilizing our products, and getting back to work sooner.
Continue the healing process by resting your foot. Limit the activities that may be aggravate your foot. Without proper rest and limitation on activities, being active as if your foot is healthy can lead to re-injury and/or a worsening of the existing injury. To get back to doing the things you love you need to give your body proper care and attention.
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits, a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and a T•Shellz Wrap® will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating the T•Shellz Wrap® into your home recovery regimen.
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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!