Common Conditions

What are steroid injections?

Steroid injections are used in the field of Podiatric medicine to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. The most commonly used steroid is methylprednisilone, this is a corticosteroid medication used to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. A steroid injection can be injected into or around a joint, tendon, or ligament, or used for clinical diagnostic purposes.

Steroid injections can be used as part of a treatment plan to improve pain and reduce inflammation.  Injections can be administered into joints, ligaments or tendons to reduce inflammation, pain and discomfort.

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How can injections help me?

Steroid injections can be useful in the treatment of the following conditions;

  • Hallux rigidus/limitus.
  • Sinus Tarsi syndrome.
  • Ligament injury.

How do steroid injections work?

The substance “cortisone” which is injected, is produced naturally by the adrenal gland and has a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The steroid injection works by suppressing the immune system locally which reduces any inflammation in the area, this in turn provides pain relief.

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 your initial consultation, 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 formulate a unique management plan to reduce your symptoms, and improve your condition.

If you are assessed as 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.

An advanced analysis / gait analysis consultation may be booked following your initial consultation. This is important to identify the cause of the mechanical stress on the affected foot structure which may be caused by the way you are walking or running. At our gait labs in Earlsfield and Maidenhead our specialist infra-red pressure mats may be used to provide data to look at increased forces through your feet to help diagnose the cause of the pain experienced. Orthotics may also be utilised as they are a useful modality to help off load the injured structures in the foot following an injection.

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinics.  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield

How to book:

Schedule your consultation online click here:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team: 02071646607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s