Foot Tendonitis Specialist in New Jersey

There are 19 different tendons running through the human body’s feet, and act as a connector between the muscles and the bones of the foot. The tendons are directly responsible for motion of the toes, feet, and ankles. The tendons located in our feet are regularly placed under an immense amount of stress, as they are always supporting the entire weight of the body while standing, running, walking, etc. Because they are regularly subject to such immense loads, tendons in the foot are very prone to developing tendonitis.

Causes of Tendonitis

The most common cause of foot tendonitis stems from overuse. Many patients who visit NJOI complaining of foot pain also happen to spend 8+ hours a day on their feet in addition to being active in sports or fitness. Tendonitis can also develop in the foot following a foot or ankle injury. A twisted ankle, sprained foot, or other minor injuries can cause tendonitis to reoccur over time. Patients who have flat feet or high arches are more susceptible to tendonitis than those who do not have abnormal foot structure. Due to the misshapen arch of the foot, the body places additional stress on the tendons within the foot and ankle, causing the condition to worsen.

Symptoms of Tendonitis

Depending on the severity and stage of foot tendonitis, symptoms can vary from patient to patient. The most common symptom that patients experience is foot pain, although they are not often able to identify the pain as being caused by tendonitis. The pain is often described as a sharp, burning pain that will come and go over time as the patient is on their feet. After a few weeks of pain-related symptoms, patients may begin to experience swelling on and around the tendon. Stiffness and loss of balance are also additional symptoms that patients who are suffering from foot tendonitis may experience.

Treatment for Tendonitis

NJOI treats tendonitis of the foot with a two-pronged approach. The first area of focus is to reduce the pain and inflammation that is associated with the tendonitis, and the second is to determine what is the cause of the reoccurring tendonitis. Whenever a patient experiences tendonitis pain, we always recommend first treating with RICE, which is Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Avoiding placing weight on the affected foot will allow for the inflammation in and around the tendon to reduce. Common recovery time for tendonitis of the foot can vary from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the severity and the root cause of the condition.

When foot pain springs up out of nowhere, it should never be ignored. The team at NJOI is here to properly diagnose and treat your foot pain and underlying conditions. Our team has treated hundreds of patients with tendonitis of the foot, and has watched them all enjoy a speedy recovery. NJOI’s 6 locations throughout Northern and Central New Jersey make it easy for our patients to make it to treatments without having to travel long distances. Our offices are located in Wayne, Bridgewater, Butler, Morristown, and Clifton. Call us today to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 locations: 973-273-3431.

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Meet The Team

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.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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Other Locations

Wayne Office

504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

Butler Office

45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

Morristown Office

111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

Bridgewater Office

720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

West-Milford Office

1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421