Injection therapy

CORTICOSTEROID Injection therapy

Corticosteroid injections can help with painful foot and ankle conditions including:

  • osteoarthritis of foot and ankle joints
  • rheumatoid arthritis conditions of the foot and ankle
  • plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • bursitis
  • tendinitis in the foot

 What is a corticosteroid injection?

When your joints or soft tissue is swollen and tender an injection of steroid into can help. The steroid reduces the swelling and pain you have. Joint injections are done for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and  many other conditions. Sometimes the injection is administered into the tissues around joints as well because this can help with conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma and bursitis.

How long will it be before my foot/ankle feels better?

The local anaesthetic will start to reduce your pain within a few minutes of the injection. This pain relief will last for 1-2 hours. The steroid will take longer to start working; sometimes it can be nearly 1-2 days after the injection before you start to feel better. So while you are waiting for the steroid to work you can take painkillers such as paracetamol, or cold packs. The foot/ankle you have had injected will hopefully feel better for up to 3 months and  sometimes longer, but everybody is  different so it may not last this long. If you have had previous injections and they have not lasted this long then it would be advisable to have your condition re-assessed and a new treatment plan decided with your clinician.

Do I need to rest after the injection?

It is recommended to rest the foot/ankle that has been injected for 48 hours this helps the injection work better. If this is impractical then it is advisable to avoid any strenuous exercise for the following 48 hours. A general principle is to move the foot/ankle as normal but do not lift or push heavy objects for a week after the injection.

What are the risks or side-effects?

Side effects are rare. Very occasionally people notice a flare in their foot/ankle pain within the first 24 hours. This usually settles within a couple of days. The most important but very rare side effect of treatment is infection in your joint – this is very rare (1 in 20,000).

Importantly you should remember that if you have an infected joint it will not get better with the rest and ice packs we suggested. So if your joint feels like it is getting more and more painful and swollen please contact us.

If you have a high temperature and your joint becomes; 

  • Hot
  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Painful

Please contact us.

What next?

As extensive as the information above is, if you still have questions contact Benn Boshell via our reception. You could also book indirectly by telephone, email or using our online booking system – link below.