Injection therapy involves an injection of a medication, often a cortico-steroid, given to provide relief from pain, to reduced swelling and joint inflammation.
The beneficial effects of a cortico-steroid injection work progressively over a 2-6 week period although you may feel relief sooner.
Sometimes, a local anaesthetic can also be injected into the painful area for clinical diagnostic purposes or it can be combined with a cortico-steroid to offer a more comfortable experience.
The effectiveness of an injection can depend on which structures within the foot are being targeted. Your podiatrist will explain all the details very carefully should you decide you will benefit from an injection.
Ultrasound Guided Injection Therapy
Poole Bay Podiatry has recently introduced diagnostic ultrasound to improve the accuracy of injection therapy. We are the only local private podiatry practice to offer this service at the moment.
The procedure, carried out under complete aseptic (sterile conditions), allows the podiatrist to accurately guide the needle through the tissues and place the cortico-steroid, local anaesthetic or hyaluronic acid solution in the optimum site.
For further information about this service please contact Poole Bay Podiatry.
Hyaluronic Acid Therapy and Viscosupplementation
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a normal constituent of both articular cartilage and synovial fluid. It is produced by the lining of joints and serves a vital role in the lubrication, nutrition and load attenuation.
Inflammatory joint changes in the tissues surrounding the joints related to overuse or early arthritic issues are believed to have adverse effect on the natural HA produced by the body.
Hyaluronic acid viscosupplementation involves using injection therapy techniques to reintroduce and restore a normal balance of hyaluronic acid within the joint with the aim of reducing pain and improving function.
Should you wish to know more about this technique your podiatrist will be happy to discuss it?