Plantar Fasciitis Health (cont.)

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Medications

As described above, antiinflammatory medications are frequently used to treat plantar fasciitis. Common nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications include ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, and many others. Occasionally, oral cortisone medications such as prednisone and prednisolone are given. Injections of cortisone medication, such as kenalog, depomedrol or celestone, can be very helpful.

Follow-up

On return visits to the health-care professional, the intensity and frequency of symptoms can be monitored in order to optimally adjust the treatment plan.

Prevention

Recurrent plantar fasciitis can be prevented only if a specific activity is known that caused the injury of the plantar fascia. Additionally, the use of an arch support, a heel pad or cup orthotic, and stretching exercises can be helpful.

Outlook

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Plantar fasciitis typically responds to medications and conservative treatment measures. Resistant plantar fasciitis can indicate underlying rheumatic disease or a more serious injury such as a tear of the plantar fascia.

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Arthritis Foundation

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Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor, eMedicineHealth.com


Last Editorial Review: 2/23/2009


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