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Inter-digital Bursitis

Bursas are fluid-filled sacs that are located at the major joints of the body; most commonly in the hips, shoulder, knees and feet (in between your toes)! The purpose of a bursa is to reduce the friction between bones, skin, tendons and overlying muscles around a joint. They also aid in shock absorption. This way the body is able to function pain-free!

Inter-digital Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa which causes pain upon performing normal movements like walking and running. Certain signs and symptoms could include:

  • Erythema (redness around the area)
  • Swelling
  • Warmth in the area
  • Pain during / after activity
  • Joint pain – especially on movement
  • Stiffness at the joint
  • Stinging pain at the joint


Some common causes of bursitis include:

  • Increased pressure being applied to the area
  • Repetitive movements which could cause irritation to the bursa
  • Injuries that are caused due to falls
  • Ill-fitting footwear (narrow toe-box) which may cause compression of the toes
  • Other medical conditions – Rheumatoid arthritis; gout
  • Infection of a bursa


Inter-digital bursitis is not as common as other forms of bursitis. However, it is one of the common causes of pain felt at the forefoot amongst other conditions. Inter-digital bursitis does share symptoms and signs with other forefoot conditions – so do come in and see your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and effective management plan!


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