What to Expect When Getting a Steroid Injection
1. An anesthetic (numbing medication) is mixed in with the steroid injection.
2. The anesthetic will keep a part of your foot numb for between one and four hours.
3. If you feel like it, you may drive following the injection and resume normal activity, as tolerated.
4. Your foot will be sore when the numbing medicationg wears off.
5. In some rare cases, the pain may be worse than before the injection. However, this rarely lasts longer than twelve to twenty-four hours.
6. If you are having pain at the injection site, apply ice for 10-15 minutes and elevate your foot.
7. If you are having pain that's not relieved with over-the-counter pain medications, such as aspirin or Tylenol, contact your podiatrist. You can contact Neuhaus Foot and Ankle at (615) 220-8788 or at (888) 713-0906.
8. Pain relief after the injection will then be gradual over the next two to four weeks.
9. Sometimes steroid injections are not as effective in relieving your pain as we hope they will be. You may require an additional steroid injection on a future visit.
10. Always follow the treatment plan outlined by your podiatrist carefully. A steroid injection is usually only one portion of the overall treatment plan.