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Can Medication Cure Plantar Fasciitis?

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.

What Footwear Can Help Me with Plantar Fasciitis?


While several factors can cause the condition, Plano plantar fasciitis patients commonly develop symptoms after extensive walking or running without the right support.


  • As you move, your feet take impact.
  • Improper footwear creates repetitive stress on specific areas of the foot.
  • This can cause the plantar fascia ligament to overtighten, tear, and become inflamed.
  • As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Verville can conduct an examination to determine what might be the source of your condition. She can also advise you about treatment options, including improving the shoes you use and getting specially-designed footwear.

    Plano Plantar Fasciitis Patients: Get Support with Every Step

    There are three common approaches that you can take to upgrading your footwear…

    1. New Shoes

    We know. You love your old pair of jogging sneakers, and you’ve broken them in just right to accommodate your feet. However, shoes are much like car tires, in that they only offer so much use before they wear through.

    When that happens, your feet—not the shoes—are going to take the brunt of the force with each step. A new pair of the right shoes may give you the support you need to resolve milder symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

    2. Inserts

    Inserts are typically made of gel, foam, or plastic. They fit inside your shoes and provide additional arch support, heel cushioning, and insole comfort.

    Note, however, that inserts are either pre-packed or customized by the manufacturer according to your specifications. Because they have not been created with the guidance of your podiatrist, you may not receive the type of support you need to resolve plantar fasciitis.

    3. Prescription Custom Orthotics

    Dr. Verville designs custom orthotics for patients in Plano. This footwear supports and adds comfort as you move, matching the contours of your feet and the way that you walk and run.

    Typically, Dr. Verville bases the design of your orthotics on her examination and evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs. Functional orthotics help control improper motion, while accommodative orthotics add cushioning and support. In either case, the footwear can alleviate your symptoms, improve your ability to stride properly, and allow your ligament to heal.

    Interested in orthotics or other treatments for plantar fasciitis? Plano patients can schedule an appointment with RNV Podiatry by phone at (214) 385-8822 or online.

    When Do I Need to Call a Plano Podiatrist?

    PodiatristWhile there are several specific symptoms that serve as a sign you may need medical care, RNV Podiatry recommends that you follow a simple rule: if your foot or ankle hurts or looks or feels differently than normal, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

    Often, patients delay a medical visit because they:

    • Don’t recognize that their symptoms are part of a larger issue.
    • Believe they can work through the pain until it resolves itself.
    • Have symptoms that come and go over time.
    • Think their condition is embarrassing or unimportant.

    Unfortunately, concerns that go unaddressed can develop from small issues to problems with a more serious health impact. Taking action now helps you manage your treatment more easily, more quickly, and with less discomfort.

    Should I See My General Practitioner or a Podiatrist?

    If you’re experiencing problems with your foot, ankle, or leg, Plano podiatrist Dr. Verville recommends that you see a physician specifically suited to your needs.

    A podiatrist is a doctor that diagnoses and treats conditions related to the structures of the leg. He or she trains in a podiatric medical school, completes three years of hospital residency, and can attain board certification through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

    It’s certainly fine to speak with your general practitioner before your appointment with a podiatrist. However, this may delay treatment, since many GPs will refer patients to a specialist for foot and ankle related issues.

    What Symptoms May Require Treatment from a Podiatrist?

    Consider a visit with Dr. Verville if you experience one or more of the following:

    • Resting pain in your foot or ankle.
    • Discomfort when you stand, walk, or put on your shoes.
    • Swelling, inflammation, or redness in your feet or ankles.
    • Tingling, itching, burning, or numbness in your feet.
    • Discolored or painful toenails.
    • Warts, bumps, calluses, or corns.
    • Flat feet or high arches.
    • Any other foot or ankle deformity that impacts daily life.

    Dr. Verville will talk with you about the symptoms you are experiencing, provide a diagnosis, and recommend treatment to resolve your discomfort and restore your health.

    Schedule an appointment with an experienced, knowledgeable Plano podiatrist. Call RNV Podiatry at (214) 385-8822 or reach us online.

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