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    Medications

    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 pain.

    Medicine options include:

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    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin, for example) or naproxen (Aleve, for example). 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.

    Injections of botulinum toxin are being studied for use in plantar fasciitis.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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