Getting A Cortisone Injection? Here’s What You Can Expect
Cortisone injections are a type of steroid injection and help to get rid of inflammation. They typically are very effective and work quickly.
The cortisone injection is painful, but the pain should not last for long. There is a numbing medication mixed in with the injection and the foot should become numb soon after the shot, relieving any pain from the injection. The anesthetic will keep a portion of your foot numb for one to four hours. When it wears off your foot will be sore. If you have pain at the injection site, you can apply ice for 10-15 minutes and elevate the foot.
You should be able to drive after the injection and resume normal activity. In some rare cases, the pain may be worse than before the injection, but that usually does not last longer than 12 to 24 hours. If you do experience pain that is not relieved with over-the-counter pain medication, you should contact your podiatrist.
Pain relief will be gradual over the two to four weeks following the injection. In most cases, only one shot is required. However, occasionally the injection does not relieve the pain and an additional injection is needed.
Cortisone injections can be used to treat many foot problems, including arthritis and tendinitis.For more information, you can watch our video Treating Heel Pain, Tendinitis With Cortisone Injections.
If you are having foot or ankle pain and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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