Plantar Fasciitis Specialist in New Jersey
Plantar fasciitis affects more than 3 million people per year in the United States. It is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in people between the ages of 40 and 60, people who are overweight, people who wear shoes with insufficient support and active runners. It is one of the most common forms of heel pain and foot and ankle conditions we see here at NJOI.
The plantar fascia supports the arch in your foot. However, if there is too much tension or strain placed on it, it can create small tears in the fascia. Recurrent stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed, leading to pain and swelling. There are different factors that may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Exercise that places a lot of stress on your heel can contribute to an earlier onset of this condition, such as running, ballet dancing and aerobics. Being flat-footed or having a high arch can also put added stress on the fascia, depending on the way you are standing or distributing your weight. Additionally, jobs that keep you on your feet for long periods of time can damage your plantar fascia, especially if you are standing on hard surfaces.
A stabbing pain near the bottom of your heel is typically a sign of plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually be felt more in the morning, but can also be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seat.
Usually no tests are necessary for diagnosing plantar fasciitis. The diagnosis is based on your medical history and physical examination, which checks for points of tenderness in your foot. If plantar fasciitis is suspected, keep weight off your affected foot until you can schedule an appointment with one of our NJOI doctors. Most of our patients who have this condition are able to recover with conservative treatments in just a few months. This type of treatment includes the use of over-the-counter pain relievers, prescribed shoe inserts and physical therapy to ease pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis. Other non-surgical treatment includes steroid injections, which are designed to help with chronic, painful inflammation. If conservative treatments are not working for you and your pain is severe, surgery may be necessary. This involves detaching the plantar from the bone to provide you with relief.
If foot pain is causing you discomfort, the staff at NJOI can help diagnose and treat your plantar fasciitis. At NJOI, we provide the best orthopedic care that focuses on you getting better and staying better. Request an appointment with us today at one of our 6 convenient New Jersey locations to experience our world-class care and get the help you need.
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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.
Craig Wright, M.D.
ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON
Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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