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Can diclofenac help plantar fasciitis?

Asked 3 years ago

I usually use diclofenac gel for general aches and pains in my body. Can it work for something as nuanced as plantar fasciitis?

Enrique Coleman

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Simple analgesic medications, such as paracetamol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can offer relief of pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In particular, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or diclofenac can help to reduce inflammation and assist in improving the recovery time. However, for PF, to address the root cause, you'll need to stretch your calf and use pressure-relieving insoles

Kelly Adkins

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Yes, diclofenac can provide relief for pain resulting from plantar fasciitis. Directly, it reduces inflammation and thus promotes healing. Indirectly, it allows you respite so you can perform exercises (stretches and strengthening) that can impact the root cause of the plantar fasciitis and bring about lasting pain relief.

Rylan Hodge

Monday, July 04, 2022

Diclofenac is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) which is used commonly in medicine to treat inflammation and pain in the body. The targeted areas for which this drug is commonly used are joints, muscles, and other soft tissue in the body. This medication can be administered through topical application to the skin in the form of gels, and creams, as well as in the form of capsules which are taken orally. 

This medication is effectively used for the management of aches and pains that are commonly associated with strained muscles, bruised tissue, and painful joints. Diclofenac can be prescribed or bought over the counter in most countries. It is important to note that this medication will reduce your symptoms for a short period of time, but may not have any benefit in curing the condition entirely. Other conservative treatment strategies to manage pain and inflammation can also be used. These include ice, rest, exercises, and stretching. 

Should you experience side effects or continual pain, consult with a medical practitioner regarding further management of your condition.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Friday, October 28, 2022

A diclofenac gel may give relief in early-onset plantar fasciitis. However, the pain relief is only temporary as it does not address the root cause of the pain. A diclofenac gel is best used together with other treatment approaches like exercise, massage, and orthotics to realign and support the feet.

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