What are steroid injections?
Steroid injections are widely used in Podiatric medicine to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. The most commonly used steroid is methylprednisilone and the purpose of steroid injections is to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. A steroid injection can be injected into or around a joint, tendon, ligament or used for clinical diagnostic purposes.
The steroid is injected with local anesthetic into the affected area to reduce inflammation, pain and discomfort. Cortisone is injection into the affected joint along with a small amount of local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. The effects of the injection work progressively over a 6-week period although you may feel relief sooner. The effectiveness of an injection would depend on which structures within the foot are being targeted. Your podiatrist will discuss the expected outcome of your injection.
Which conditions can steroid injections help with?
Steroid injections can be useful in the treatment of the following conditions;
- Plantar fasciitis / Heel pain.
- Morton’s Neuroma.
- Hallux rigidus/limitus.
- Sinus Tarsi syndrome.
- Ligament injury.
How do steroid injections work?
Steroid injections work by suppressing the immune system which reduces any inflammation in the area to provide relief from pain.
The substance “cortisone” which is injected, is produced naturally by the adrenal gland and has a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
What are the benefits of steroid injections?
The following are some of the benefits of using steroid injections in podiatry;
- Provides relief from pain and discomfort.
- Helps to improve range of motion at the joint.
- Allows you to return to normal activity.
- Reduces swelling and inflammation.
- Steroid injections have fewer side effects than oral steroids.
- Injections work faster and more directly than creams or NSAIDS such as ibuprofen.
How can our team help if you need an injection?
During an initial consultation with our experienced podiatry team, we will fully assess your feet and take a full history of your symptoms. Your podiatrist will discuss a specific treatment plan for your condition and organise a unique management plan to reduce your symptoms and improve your condition.
If you are medically suitable, our extended scope podiatry practitioners will be able to complete the injection procedure after discussing the intended benefits, risks and outcomes. Further information can be found on the PDF pamphlet within this webpage.
A Gait analysis / Biomechanical examination may be booked following an initial consultation to identify the cause of mechanical stress on your foot or affected foot structure, caused by walking or running. An infra-red pressure assessment may also be used to provide data to analyse increased forces through your feet. Orthotics are useful for certain symptoms help prevent the re-occurance of symptoms following injection. Orthotics are prescribed to you to improve symptoms and offload areas of the feet caused by mechanical inefficiencies.