Pain can be managed through medication which is used in conjunction with other treatments. Pain medication is often effective for lowering pain levels but rarely fully relieve pain. Pain medication plays a minor role in the treatment of plantar heel pain and should be used for temporary use only. There are two common pain relieving medications available over the counter, meaning you do not need a prescription. These are:
Paracetamol is often used for the relief of mild to moderate pain associated with many conditions from headaches, to back pain to plantar fasciitis. Generally speaking paracetamol is safe and side effects are not common. It is important not to exceed the maximum safe dose. If you're not sure whether you can take paracetamol, check the leaflet that comes with it or ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice. For more information on paracetamol click here
Ibuprofen is the most commonly used Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and can also be used for pain relief. It is not recommended to take ibuprofen in the long term as it can cause kidney damage and stomach ulcers. Similar to paracetamol use, it is important not to exceed the maximum safe dose. If you're not sure whether you can take ibuprofen, check the leaflet that comes with it or ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice. For more information on ibuprofen click here
If you are in need of more effective pain relief after taking either paracetamol or ibuprofen alone, you can take both these medications together as long are you're 16 and over. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are different types of medication and do not interact with each other.