Steroid Injections

Steroid injections, also known under the medical term corticosteroid injections, are frequently employed in podiatry for the relief of pain and the reduction of inflammation in the foot and ankle area. These treatments involve the direct injection of corticosteroid medication into the site of discomfort. As powerful anti-inflammatory agents, these medications are adept at offering relief from a range of conditions such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Their mechanism of action includes diminishing inflammation, swelling, and pain in the targeted zone.

The process of administering steroid injections involves the podiatrist meticulously cleaning the area before the injection, and often, a local anaesthetic is applied to lessen any discomfort experienced during the procedure.

It’s important to understand that while steroid injections can offer substantial relief, they do not serve as a cure for the underlying issues. Your podiatrist at TotalFootcareSolutions will collaborate with you to devise a holistic treatment strategy. This plan may encompass stretching routines, the use of custom orthotics, engagement in shockwave therapy, and the adoption of certain lifestyle changes to tackle the root cause of your foot problems.

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Types of steroid injection

At TotalFootcareSolutions, steroid injections are utilized to address conditions like:

  • Heel pain, including plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis

These injections play a crucial role in reducing inflammation and alleviating the painful symptoms associated with these conditions.

How do steroid injections work

Cortisone is a synthetic version of cortisol, a steroid produced by the body’s adrenal glands. It is made into a preparation which keeps it mostly in the area that it has been injected, rather than spreading around the body. The main reason for injecting cortisone at the site of foot pain and inflammation is that there are fewer side effects to the whole body, as opposed to taking oral steroids. When we inject a strong concentration of cortisone directly at the site of the pain the results are more effective. Cortisone, like all steroids, is a very powerful agent for reducing inflammation and by reducing inflammation we can reduce pain, redness, and swelling. The steroid injections are also long-acting, which means relief from symptoms may take several days to work but may last for several months. The local anesthetic mixed with the cortisone also helps to provide some pain relief for the first few hours. Injections can be given by Mr. Barlow-Kearsley in the clinic, but they can also be arranged under ultrasound or X-ray guidance if required.

How do steroid injections help relieve foot pain?

Steroid injections are pivotal in managing foot pain by curtailing inflammation in the concerned area. Inflammation in the foot can manifest as pain, swelling, and discomfort. Steroids, or corticosteroids, are efficacious anti-inflammatory drugs that can mitigate these symptoms.

Are there any risks or Side effects from steroid injections

As with any medical procedure, there are risks which Mr. Barlow-Kearsley will always thoroughly explain to you prior to your treatment, so you can be informed every step of the way. The main risks for steroid (cortisone) injections are:

• Pain

• Swelling

• Steroid flare

• Infection

• Dimpling of the skin

• Failure to work

As well as steroid (cortisone) injections Mr Barlow-Kearsley can offer patients who present with foot and ankle pain Ostenil and PRP injections.