Retrocalcaneal bursitis

Case contributed by Maulik S Patel


Recurrent posterior ankle pain, has increased in the last few days. No trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

Ultrasound of the symptomatic side shows normal thickness and echopattern of the Achilles tendon. Fluid is noted deep to the tendon. Hypervascularity is noted in the fat pad and also in the tendon.

Ultrasound of the asymptomatic side shows normal Achilles tendon with no bursal fluid.

Case Discussion

Small amount of fluid is normally present in the retrocalcaneal or preachilles bursa. In this case, the amount of fluid is much more than normally seen, in addition to increased vascularity in the fat pad. The tendon itself is normal. However, there is increased vascularity which suggests early tendinosis.

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