Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Ankur Dharia, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankur Dharia, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Hillsborough Township, NJ

If you experience a searing pain along the bottom of your foot or in your heel as you walk, then you may have plantar fasciitis. At Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute, Ankur Dharia, DPM, has extensive experience helping his patients in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, relieve plantar fasciitis pain, allowing them to jump out of bed with ease. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Along the bottom of your foot is a tough, wide band of tissue that stretches from your heel to your toes called the plantar fascia. This ligament is responsible for the support in your arch and provides critical shock absorption in your foot. 

When your plantar fascia becomes inflamed, usually due to tiny tears in the tissue, it leads to plantar fasciitis. The hallmark of plantar fasciitis is burning pain along the bottom of your foot or heel pain, especially when you take your first steps in the morning or after a long period of inactivity.

This occurs because the damaged tissue tightens while you’re resting due to the inflammation. When you take to your feet, this taut tissue doesn’t stretch easily, which is what leads to the initial pain. After a few steps, your tissue stretches out again and the pain typically subsides.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are a number of reasons why you may have developed plantar fasciitis, with overuse and repeated stress at the top of the list. If you engage in activities that pound your feet, your ligament can become overstressed and tiny tears can begin to develop.

There are other factors that put you more at risk of developing plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Foot structure, namely high or low arches
  • Carrying extra weight
  • A job that keeps you on your feet

However your plantar fasciitis developed, the good news is that the team at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute can help.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

When you first come in, Dr. Dharia or one of the team members sits down with you to review your symptoms. They may order advanced imaging to get a closer look at what’s going on inside your foot. If they identify plantar fasciitis as the root of your problem, they may recommend:

  • Gentle stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Steroid injections

Plantar fasciitis almost never requires surgery, and the team at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute can help you find relief in the least invasive way possible.

For expert treatment of your plantar fasciitis, call Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute or schedule an appointment online.