Corticosteroid Injection Therapy – Foot, Ankle & Knee
What is Corticosteroid Injection Therapy?
Cortisone is the name used to describe a group of drugs commonly known as corticosteroids. Cortisone is used to treat pain in various parts of the body where inflammation is felt to be the cause of this pain. The reason why cortisone is effective in treating this pain is because it is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
What conditions can be treated using the therapy?
Steroid injections are widely used in medicine to help reduce pain and inflammation in a wide variety of conditions. In Podiatric Medicine they are used most commonly for:
- Arthritis (e.g. knee, foot, ankle and big toe)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Neuromas and other nerve compressions/ entrapments
- Sinus tarsi syndrome
This list is not exhaustive and there are many other conditions that can be treated (if in doubt contact the clinic for advice)
What are the benefits of this therapy?
Most patients gain significant relief from their symptoms within 7-14 days. However, it is possible that you may require more than one injection. You can have a maximum of 3 injections in a 12-month period.
Corticosteroid’s are very powerful anti-inflammatory drugs and can help relieve pain and inflammation quite quickly. This relief from symptoms can be temporary depending on the condition treated. There are other injection therapies that offer the same benefits but also encourage tissue, cartilage and bone to heel – such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. Please see our website for details.