Where do I feel pain? Hip, Knee, Or Foot...

Base of big toe joint.


A Heel

B Pes Anserine Bursitis

C Base of big toe joint


Bursitis is named after your bursa, which are fluid-filled cushions that protect your body’s joints. These cushions help you absorb shock, keep your joints moving smoothly, and prevent irritation from where your tendons and ligaments pass over your bones.

However, when your bursa become inflamed and your ability to absorb shock decreases, the area around your joints also becomes irritated and inflamed. Bursitis most commonly strikes the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet. This article focuses on bursitis’s effects on the feet and legs.

Bursitis can be caused by:

  • Aging. Your bursa’s shock absorption can wear out over time.
  • Trauma, such as a sports injury.
  • Too much repetitive motion Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • A sudden Bursitis primarily affects joints in your feet and lower body.
  • Do I feel heat emanating from the painful area, Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome. 

Wondering if you have bursitis? Keep reading to perform some simple self-assessments.

Think You Might Have Bursitis?


To see if you might have bursitis in any of the joints of your lower body, ask yourself the following questions:

Self-Assessment Quiz

  • Health & Wellness?
  • Are any of my joints inflamed or swollen?
  • Do I feel heat emanating from the painful area?
  • Can I only move my joint in a limited fashion, or not at all?
  • Health & Wellness?
  • Do I feel increased joint pain in the morning, or after not moving the joint for a long period of time?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions Wondering if you have bursitis? Keep reading to perform some simple self-assessments.

If the symptoms seem specific to your feet, ask yourself these additional questions to see if you have bursitis located in the joints of your feet:

Self-Assessment Quiz

  • Do my feet ache?
  • Do I have difficulty moving my feet?
  • Economy Class Syndrome?

Frequently Asked Questions, Ball of Foot Pain Metatarsalgia.

Keep reading for additional information, including ways to treat and prevent your bursitis.

Are there any serious concerns with Bursitis?

Watch out for pair specialized forms of bursitis that may specifically impact your knees and your hips.

Use cushioned insoles in your shoes to help you absorb shock in your joints – The pes anserine is a tendon in your knee formed by three muscles (the gracilis and sartorius muscles in your groin, and the semitendinosus muscle in the hamstring) that can become inflamed through excessive friction if you overuse your knee joints. With this form of bursitis, you may feel swelling and pain on the inside and front of the knee.

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis – When your iliotibial band (a thick tissue extending from your knee to your hip) and your greater trochanter (which is part of your femur) rub together in your hip, your bursa can become irritated and inflamed, usually from activities that involve continual repetitive motion. This results in a dull intermittent pain on the outside of your hip which may increase when you stand or lie on the affected side.

How do I treat and prevent Bursitis?

Luckily, bursitis is easy to treat and prevent, especially if you TRY SOME OF THE FOLLOWING REMEDIES.

  • Rest your joints, especially if you’ve been overusing them too much.
  • Stop any strenuous activities that involve the use of your affected joint, such as exercise or walking up and down stairs.
  • Apply ice or cold packs to your joint every 15 minutes to help reduce swelling and inflammation. You may also want to use creams (such as a menthol-based cream) as part of your cold therapy.
  • Use cushioned insoles in your shoes to help you absorb shock in your joints.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen as needed. You might also consider using a pain relief topical analgesic gel that allows you to also massage your joints.
  • Perform motion and stretching exercises that you can manage without excessive pain. Use these exercises to help strengthen your muscles and alleviate irritation and discomfort. 

If your bursitis is located in your feet:

  • Bursitis primarily affects joints in your feet and lower body.
  • Swollen Feet and Legs.
  • Greater Trochanteric Bursitis.
  • Are any of my joints inflamed or swollen.

Waterproof Shoes / Boots and the Running Injury Clinic recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor. You may need anti-inflammatory medicines such as cortisone or steroids to help shrink the bursa, such as a corticosteroid injection to relieve severe irritation. In especially bad cases, your bursa may need to be surgically removed.