Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Family Foot Care

Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Berkeley Heights, NJ & Hackettstown, NJ

When the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot gets inflamed, you can experience sudden sharp heel pain. This condition, called plantar fasciitis, is one of the most common reasons for heel pain that our patients experience today. While the pain is often severe, at Family Foot Care this can be treated quite effectively with the professional guidance of Gary Quartello, DPM. Call one of the offices in Berkeley Heights or Hackettstown, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by damage to the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that connects your heel and the base of your toes. If you have plantar fasciitis, your plantar fascia tissue has a number of tiny tears that cause serious inflammation and pain.

Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain when you stand or walk. For most plantar fasciitis sufferers, the pain is worse in the morning when they’re just getting out of bed to take their first steps of the day, but it can happen at any time.

In addition to the pain, you may also experience burning in your heel and on the bottom of your foot. Some plantar fasciitis sufferers also experience heel stiffness that makes it hard to move the foot properly when climbing stairs or exercising.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is often connected to repetitive stress on your plantar fascia. This stress may happen in several ways, with heavy exercise being a leading cause. A major change in activity level puts extra stress on your feet and may trigger plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis often develops in runners or other athletes who increase their training time suddenly.

However, athletic men and women aren't the only ones who get plantar fasciitis. Other causes can include:

  • Obesity - the feet may strain to support the extra weight, causing plantar fasciitis
  • Pregnancy - the sudden weight change can cause plantar fascia strain
  • Standing - occupations that require long periods of standing can strain the plantar fascia
  • Structural issues - high arch or flat feet can both strain your plantar fascia

No matter what caused your plantar fasciitis, you don't have to live with this painful condition. At Family Foot Care, Dr. Quartello can diagnose and treat your plantar fasciitis quickly and effectively.

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis treatment can vary based on your symptoms and lifestyle. Dr. Quartello may recommend some or all of the following solutions:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Night splints
  • Prescribed exercises
  • Ice application for pain relief

You may also need to make some changes in your exercise routine if it contributed to your plantar fasciitis. In most cases, surgery isn't necessary, but Dr. Quartello can recommend surgical solutions if you don't get relief with various treatments.

Book your appointment for plantar fasciitis help by calling Family Foot Care today or booking an appointment online.