Steroid Injection Therapy

What are steroid injections?

Steroid injections are an injection of cortisone given to provide relief from 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 anaesthetic into the affected area to reduce inflammation, pain and discomfort. Cortisone is injection into the affected joint along with a small amount of local anaesthetic 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
  • Arthritis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Bursitis
  • 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 the 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 NSAID’s such as ibuprofen

During an initial consultation, we will fully assess your feet and take a full history of your symptoms. We will discuss a specific treatment plan for your condition and recommend a course of treatment to reduce your symptoms and improve your condition.

If you are medically suitable, sometimes we might suggest an injection procedure after discussing the intended benefits, risks and outcomes.