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Cortisone Injection for management of foot pain

If you are experiencing pain in the foot and/or ankle that may be inflammatory in nature and it hasn’t responded well to conservative management and rehabilitation, a cortisone injection may provide some benefit.

Corticosteroid or ‘cortisone’ injections can be used to provide short-to-medium pain relief for a wide range of foot and ankle injuries.

A cortisone injection is a type of corticosteroid, which is a group of drugs used to treat musculoskeletal conditions. A cortisone shot can reduce swelling, stiffness and pain in your foot and ankle. It acts like the natural hormones in your body to stop inflammation. This type of treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery.

There are different types of cortisone.

Your podiatrist will administer one that is best for your condition, but most will use a long-duration cortisone because it will take effect within a few weeks and will last between 1-9 months, depending on your condition and the severity of it.

What type of foot & ankle injuries is Cortisone used for?

We use it on painful inflammatory conditions of the foot and ankle including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Big Toe Osteoarthritis / Hallux Rigidus
  • Ankle Osteoarthritis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Synovitis
  • Capsulitis
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar Plate Tears
  • Sinus Tarsi Syndrome
  • Gout
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

At Pro Feet Podiatry, we use ultrasound to accurately inject the cortisone. Your podiatrist will discuss with you the most beneficial treatment plan based on your injury. Sometimes one injection is enough while other times multiple injections spaced weeks or months apart can be appropriate.

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