Calcaneal Bursitis

Iontophoresis Protocol: Calcaneal Bursitis

There are two bursae located near the calcaneus. The retrocalcaneal bursa is located between the anterior surface of the Achilles tendon and the posterior superior angle of the calcaneus. The calcaneal bursa lies between the inser­tion of the Achilles tendon and the overlying skin. Both bursae can become enlarged or inflamed due to damage of the tendon or excessive pressure in the area.

The calcaneal bursa, located just under the skin, is most commonly enlarged and usually gets inflamed because of oversized or tight shoes, especially high heels. It can be palpated by lifting the skin posterior to the tendon. The result will be that the calcaneal bursa lies directly between your fingers.

The retrocalcaneal bursa is located by pinching the soft tissue anterior to the Achilles tendon. If there is any palpable thickening, or the patient complains of tenderness in either bursa, this is a positive sign of bursitis. Bursitis here is more serious and usually caused by overuse.


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PATIENT EVALUATION


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PATIENT EVALUATION

A.     Subjective: •    Patient complaint •    Location •    Onset...
WHY IONTOPHORESIS IS APPROPRIATE THERAPY


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WHY IONTOPHORESIS IS APPROPRIATE THERAPY

Iontophoretic drug delivery for the condition of calcaneal bursitis provides an alternative to hypodermic injection of corticosteroids, with...
RE-EVALUATION


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RE-EVALUATION

In addition to the patient's subjective reports, check for decreased pain, decreased tenderness to palpation at the point of deep tenderness,...
IONTOPHORESIS PROCEDURE


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IONTOPHORESIS PROCEDURE

IMPORTANT: See Phoresor System and electrode in­struction guides for indications, contraindications, warn­ings, precautions and directions...


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