Have chronic, consistent, tough pain that just isn’t going away? Sick of taking over-the-counter painkillers every day, even though they barely work anymore?
You may be in need of something a little stronger to deal with your foot pain—for example, a steroid injection.
What Is Steroid Injection Therapy?
Targeted injections of a local anesthetic as well as a corticosteroid, such as cortisone, into a small area of injured tissue has been used for decades as an effective temporary remedy for painful symptoms that aren’t responding to other treatments.
We may incorporate steroid injections into treatment protocols for many painful conditions, including plantar fasciitis, arthritis, tendinitis, and various sports-related injuries. This gives you a fast and effective way to get rid of longstanding painful symptoms while working on a more comprehensive treatment plan.
What Results Can I Expect?
The steroid triggers a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and begins to work in your system right away.
It works quickly, but at different rates for different people: Some feel much better right away after the local anesthetic wears off, while others take a couple of days to get the full effect. There may be a temporary increase in pain, swelling, and soreness for the first few days or hours after the shot, which you can control with an ice pack if need be.
In most cases, a single injection provides anywhere from 3-6 months of pain relief, depending on factors such as the potency of the steroid used, your health, the painful condition you have, and what underlying factors are causing it.
Are There Any Risks or Downsides?
Steroid injections are quite safe. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, while single injections have a very low risk of anything more than minor and temporary side effects, multiple injections over a short time frame may increase the risk of complications such as weakening tendons, nerve damage, or joint infection. We may limit how often you can get a shot, or how many you can get in a year.
Second, while injections can assist in the tissue healing process to some degree, their main use is to temporarily alleviate painful symptoms, rather than cure or treat the underlying cause of that pain.
When we give you an injection, we will also likely provide additional treatment options based on the ultimate cause of your injury—with the goal that by the time the steroid wears off several months later, the original cause of the pain has been corrected!
Fast Relief for Foot Pain
When administered under the careful guidance of your foot and ankle physician, injection therapy can be an extremely effective medium-term remedy to painful inflammatory symptoms from a wide range of conditions.
It allows you to return to your normal activities sooner and get fast pain relief, while giving your doctor time to address any additional underlying causes of your injury or discomfort.
If you’re currently struggling with pain in your feet or ankles, please contact the Community Foot Clinic of McPherson for effective treatment options at (620) 241-3313.