slowly developing foot pain

About 5 to 6 weeks ago I noticed a very minor dull ache in my left foot, located deep in the tissue between my heel and arch, this minor ache has now increased to significant pain. After reading a good deal of info on your web site I conclude this must be Plantar Fasciitis. What is the best over the counter option to use that helps reduce this inflamation? Thanks.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Plantar fasciitis is a type of heel pain that is localized at the bottom of the heel towards the arch. Pain is typically sharp and felt on the first step in the morning or after a period of sitting. Initial treatment for plantar fasciitis requires stretching the calves, icing, supportive footwear / orthotics and inflammation control.

    For anti-inflammatory benefit you can use OTC NSAIDs including Advil, Aleve or aspirin but please be careful if you have a sensitive stomach or history of stomach ulcers. All NSAIDs should be taken with food and used as prescribed. If your heel pain persists I would see a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you and determine if additional treatment options are necessary. Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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