Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Plantar fasciitis can turn even simple activities like walking and standing into painful chores, and the condition becomes even more prevalent with age. At his practice in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Joseph Stern uses advanced treatment methods to help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis, resolving underlying inflammation to prevent symptoms from recurring.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a band of tough, fibrous tissue that spans the bottom of the foot, extending from the heel to the ball of the foot beneath the toes. Its function is to support the arch and the midfoot region while also helping the foot to remain flexible and stable while walking and running. Sometimes this tiny band becomes strained and overstretched, resulting in tiny tears and other tissue damage that can cause inflammation and pain. This condition is called plantar fasciitis, and it’s more common among older people, people who spend long periods of time on their feet, people whose feet are subjected to a lot of repetitive impacts like runners and dancers, and people who are obese. Some injuries can also cause plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs (bony deposits along the edge of the heel bone) can also cause the tissue to become inflamed and irritated.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes recurrent pain along the bottom and the side of the foot and around the heel area. Often, this pain subsides after a period of walking once the plantar fascia warms up and becomes more flexible, returning again after another period of inactivity. Many people find their symptoms are especially pronounced when getting up in the morning.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed and treated?

Plantar fasciitis can usually be diagnosed during an office visit with a hands-on evaluation and a review of symptoms. Passive and active exercises can also help rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. Mild plantar fasciitis may respond to oral pain relievers, but usually, additional treatment are required, including gentle stretching exercises using special splints, injections of corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation and custom orthotics to provide better support to the midfoot region. Other treatment options may also be available. Early intervention is important for achieving faster relief from pain.


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    "Dr. Stern is an amazing podiatrist and if you are having foot trouble, he's the guy you should see."

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    "Dr. Stern is an extremely knowledgeable and thoroughly attentive doctor. I've always felt taken care of, considered, and heard when at his office."

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    "I would not hesitate to recommend dr. Stern to any friends who are suffering foot problems no matter where they may live in the Bay Area."

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    "After his treatment, I'm now able to run farther than I ever could in my entire life, and now I'm training for a race this summer"

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909 Hyde St., Suite 618
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-408-5631
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