Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville

August 4, 2015

Plantar fasciitisPlantar fasciitis is a common form of heel pain caused by straining the plantar fascia ligament. This is the ligament that extends along the bottom of your foot, from your heel to your toes.

There is no medication that can, on its own, cure this condition. Fortunately for Plano plantar fasciitis patients, Dr. Verville can provide medicine and treatments that help resolve the condition over time. Here’s how.

Why Plantar Fasciitis Won’t Simply Go Away with Medication

The pain and swelling you are experiencing comes from many small tears in the ligament. Medication you may receive isn’t meant to heal these small tears. Instead, its aim is to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.

Dr. Verville may recommend one of several medical treatments, including…

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You’re probably more familiar with brand names such as Advil or Aleve. Patients can buy these medicines without a prescription in Plano. Plantar fasciitis typically responds to this approach if you have only had symptoms for a short time (a few days or weeks.)

Corticosteroid shots. If you have been suffering with plantar fasciitis for six weeks or more, you may be a good candidate for advanced treatment. Dr. Verville can provide an injection that will offer temporary pain relief. Typically, this is a short-term solution rather than an ongoing fix because multiple injections can actually weaken your ligament over time.

So, if medication just reduces the pain and swelling of plantar fasciitis without offering a cure, where does that leave you?

How Medication Helps Plano Plantar Fasciitis Patients

The best and first approach to resolving plantar fasciitis is stretching combined with physical therapy and / or orthotic footwear. Each can help stressed muscles and tendons rest by giving them the flexibility and support they require. However, there’s a catch: if you’re in too much discomfort, you may not be able to perform these activities or stick with them over time.

Dr. Verville often provides medication so that patients can do their stretches, maintain a proper exercise routine, and get used to wearing inserts or orthotics. This allows tears in the plantar fascia ligament to heal properly… and helps get you back on your feet.

Learn more about treatment for plantar fasciitis in Plano. Schedule an appointment with RNV Podiatry by phone at (214) 385-8822 or online.