Foot Health

Padded Socks for Bursitis


Protect and comfort inflamed bursitis with Thorlos® clinically-tested padding.

  • Padding clinically shown to reduce foot pain and pressures; lessens the effects of cumulative impacts that can inflame bursitis.
  • Exclusive THOR-LON® yarn maintains both its softness and resilience to maximize comfort and protection.
  • Available in 32 activity-specific styles and a variety of colors.
  • Thorlos Brand Promise Guarantee: Your feet will feel better or your money back.®*
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Bursitis Is Extremely Painful: How Thorlos Help

Thorlos engineered padding helps cushion the effects of impacts your feet are subjected to and that can inflame the bursa. It also helps protect vulnerable areas from pressure and bumps, especially in the heel, forefoot and toe areas.

Thorlos CTPS padding helps protect from cause of Bursitis


Clinically-Tested Padding Protection

The padding in Thorlos clinically-tested padded socks (CTPS) has been clinically shown to reduce:

  • blisters
  • foot pain
  • pressures on the feet
  • moisture that can lead to a variety of other foot conditions.

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Other Things You Can Do

There are a number of ways to treat bursitis, including:

  • anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate pain (if you can tolerate it)
  • icing the area to relieve symptoms
  • Cortisone injections or draining the bursa sac—a last resort, administered by your doctor

Note: If the root cause of the bursitis is not eliminated, it can recur even after these measures are taken.


What is Bursitis?

A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and other moving parts of the body, such as muscles, tendons, or skin. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. You can get bursitis by overusing a joint or from an acute injury, acute or chronic infection, arthritis, or gout.

In the foot, there is only one bursa, located between the Achilles tendon and your heel bone. The bursa protects the Achilles tendon from the pressure of the heel bone pressing against it during walking and running. This is the most common area of bursitis in the feet.

The body can also create bursa sacs in response to injury or damage. Other areas in the foot that are common locations for bursa and bursitis include the base of the big toe, the base of the second toe and the base of the fifth toe, often associated with a bunionette. .

Bursitis in the foot generally is caused by stress and trauma from walking and moving around on unfriendly surfaces such as concrete, asphalt and hard floors, and from poorly designed and fitted shoes. Over time repetitive stress - mostly from pressure, impact and shear forces - causes damage to the feet. The body’s response to this damage is to create a bursa to protect weight bearing and joint areas, and the bursa itself often becomes inflamed.


Properly Fitted Shoes Protect Your Feet

Your activity-specific shoe, your Thorlos padded sock, any insert or orthotic you or your foot health professional might choose, and your foot work together as a system to protect your feet and reduce stress and trauma that can cause bursitis. Properly designed and fitted shoes or boots provide cushioning in the heel counter to decrease excessive rubbing or stress in the Achilles area where bursitis is most likely to occur. Read our fitting protocol here and watch our fitting video to be sure you are getting the best possible fit.


*30-Day Brand Promise Guarantee

Thorlos CTPS deliver on our brand promise guarantee: Your feet will feel better or your money back!®


Made in the USA

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Medical & Technical Content Review

The content on this page has been reviewed by:

Dr. Kevin Soden MD; THORLO’s Chief Medical Officer
Jerome Gallenstein; THORLO’s Staff Certified & Licensed Pedorthist

Remember, ALWAYS consult your physician if you have pain, redness or other indications of problems in any area of your feet that persist for more than a few days.