How Can You Benefit From Topical Anti-inflammatories Rather Than Taking Pills

What you should know about topical anti-inflammatories…

Most of my athletic patients want to avoid taking medicine like the plague unless it’s a natural supplement.  So instead of telling them to take prescription anti-inflammatories in a pill form such as Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, I have started stressing the use of topical anti-inflammatories for athletic patients seeking foot pain relief.

So what’s the difference between taking a pill versus using an ointment?

  1. Well first and foremost, there are less adverse effects using a topical anti-inflammatory compared to pills.  Taking an anti-inflammatory pill can cause systemic problems such as kidney disease, hypertension, and stomach ulcers with long term usage.  Topical anti-inflammatory gels allow the patient to avoid these issues because the medicine is applied directly to the area of injury or pain.
  2. Topical anti-inflammatories may not be as effective as the anti-inflammatory pills.  This statement is partially true.  Current research is being conducted on the effectiveness of both forms of anti-inflammatories.  It has been found that topical anti-inflammatory gels have been just as effective at pain reduction as the pill-form but no definitive evidence has been found just yet.

If you’re planning on using anti-inflammatories on a daily basis for a long period of time, consider use of a topical form prior to taking an anti-inflammatory pill everyday.  Talk with the doctors at Advanced Podiatry at Advanced Podiatry about why you’re experiencing pain and get the treatment you deserve today!