Retrocalcaneal bursitis

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Retrocalcaneal bursitis
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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
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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.