Retrocalcaneal bursitis

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Retrocalcaneal bursitis
Preoperative X-ray ankle joint lateral view showing (a) the parallel pitch lines (PPLs) determine the prominence of the bony projection. (b) Ultrasound ankle showing Achilles Tendon, Retrocalcaneal bursa and Calcaneum

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa located between the calcaneus and the anterior surface of the Achilles tendon.[1] It commonly occurs in association with rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, gout, and trauma.[citation needed]

The pain is usually on the back of the heel and swelling appears on lateral or medial side of the tendon.[citation needed]

a,b)Individual with retrocalcaneal bursitis c) endoscopic view of retrocalcaneal bursitis.


  1. Fauci, Anthony (2010). Harrison's Rheumatology, Second Edition. McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; Digital Edition. p. 271. ISBN 9780071741460.