Your doctor may recommend medicine to
relieve the pain and
inflammation caused by
plantar fasciitis. Drug treatment does not cure
plantar fasciitis. But by reducing pain, medicine may make it easier for you to
follow other treatment steps, such as stretching. You should not use
medicine as a way to continue the activities that are causing heel
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as
ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin, for example), naproxen (Aleve, for example), or
aspirin. You can buy these medicines without a prescription. NSAIDs are often
used if you have only had symptoms of plantar fasciitis for a few days or
weeks. They are less likely to work if you have had symptoms for more than 6 to
8 weeks. NSAIDs come in pills and in a cream that you rub over the sore area.
Corticosteroid shots. Your doctor may recommend shots
if you have tried other treatments for several weeks without success.1 Doctors may recommend shots sooner for some people.