Sports Medicine Specialist

Family Foot Care

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

Most sports injuries affect your lower body, with your feet and ankles often bearing the brunt of the damage. That’s why you need to see an experienced foot, ankle, and leg specialist like Gary Quartello, DPM, at Family Foot Care for your sports medicine needs. Thanks to Dr. Quartello’s three decades of experience and board certification, he can effectively treat sports injuries and prevent them in the future. Call either of the two convenient offices in Berkeley Heights and Hackettstown, New Jersey, or book online anytime.

Sports Medicine Q&A

Which sports injuries affect the feet, ankles, and legs?

Sports injuries that affect the lower body can include:

Pulled hamstring

A pulled hamstring affects the muscles in the back of your leg, running from your hip to the knee area. This sports injury can cause serious pain when walking or running.

Shin splints

Shin splints affect the tibia bone between your knee and ankle, causing serious pain with each footstep. 

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation injury affecting the Achilles tendon in your lower leg and ankle. Often connected to overuse, untreated Achilles tendonitis can increase your risk of tendon rupture. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis affects the ligament that covers the base of your foot. With repeated stress on the ligament, tiny tears develop and cause severe heel pain. Plantar fasciitis sometimes has a connection to heel spurs, hard hooklike calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel. 


A sprain is ligament overstretching or tearing. It can affect any ligaments in your body but often occurs in the ankle or knee. Sprains can be quite painful, and can potentially disable you temporarily.


A strain is muscle or tendon overuse that leads to overstretching or tearing. Overuse and repetitive movements cause many muscle strains. 

Structural foot problems, like bunions and hammertoe, while not necessarily caused by sports, can potentially cause imbalances that make you more vulnerable to sports injuries. A neuroma can change the way you walk and run, potentially increasing your risk of injury. 

If you suffer from arthritis, a very common condition in older adults, it can potentially increase your chances of sports injury. Dr. Quartello can treat your arthritis to help you stay active in a safe and healthy way. 

When should I seek sports medicine care?

If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, bruising, or other significant issues in any part of your legs, feet, or ankles, it’s best to see Dr. Quartello at Family Foot Care as soon as possible. As an experienced sports injury podiatrist, he specializes in solutions to keep you healthy and active now and as you age. 

How long does it take to recover from a sports injury?

Sports injury recovery depends on the kind of injury, how healthy you are before the injury, your age, and many other individual elements. Most sports injuries respond to conservative (non-surgical) treatments, including rest, taping, bracing, medication, and physical therapy. This recovery process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. 

For more serious sports injuries, particularly those involving reconstructive surgery, recovery may take longer. But, by following Dr. Quartello’s recovery plan closely, you can fully overcome your sports injury and return to the active lifestyle you love sooner than you might think. 

Get sports medicine care today by calling Family Foot Care or booking online now.