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Diseases & Conditions

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a frequent cause of heel pain among runners, people who are overweight, or who wear shoes without adequate support. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue along the bottom of the foot that connects the toes to the heel, becomes inflamed.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is shaped like a bowstring. It serves as a shock absorber and support for the arch of the foot. Repetitive stretching and tension on the tissue can cause small tears in the fascia, which can lead to irritation and inflammation. The condition is most common among middle-aged adults and those who participate in sports that put stress on the heel, including running, ballet, and aerobics. Individuals with high arches, flat feet, or an abnormal gait are also prone to the condition since their foot mechanics put extra stress on the plantar fascia. People who are obese or work in occupations that require them to be on their feet for extended periods of time are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Individuals with plantar fasciitis typically experience stabbing foot pain near the heel. The pain is normally worse when taking the first few steps in the morning. The pain may also recur when standing from a seated position or after standing for a long period.

Preventing Plantar Fasciitis

Wearing shoes with good arch support and avoiding high heels is one of the first steps in preventing plantar fasciitis. Stretching the Achilles tendon, calf muscles, and plantar fascia before exercise can help prevent injury. It is also a good idea to alternate high-impact activities, such as jogging, with low-impact sports, such as swimming or cycling, to avoid overstraining the fascia.

Treatments are Available

We are a compounding pharmacy offering both conventional and compounded medications to help patients manage a wide range of health conditions, including plantar fasciitis.

Medications to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Advil
  • Motrin
  • Aleve
  • Naprosyn
  • Tylenol
  • Voltaren

Compounded Medications: We can make capsules, gels, ointments, creams, lotions, or oral suspensions of the following:

  • Ketoprofen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ketamine
  • Clonidine
  • Amitriptyline
  • Guaifenesin
  • Capsaicin
  • Lidocaine
  • Amitriptyline
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Baclofen
  • Gabapentin
  • Carbamazepine
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA