Cortisone Injection

A cortisone injection (or steroid injection) for heel pain, plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome is one of our Northwest Indiana podiatrists’ most powerful treatments to rapidly alleviate these painful conditions.

Cortisone injections are commonly performed in our Northwest Indiana podiatry office. Our podiatrists perform cortisone shots or cortisone injections for many foot and ankle problems, including foot or ankle arthritis, pinched nerves, tendonitis, bursitis, gout, neuroma pain and other causes of foot and ankle pain. However, injections for heel pain, plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome are among the most typical reasons for an injection.

Injections often consist of cortisone and are called cortisone injections. Patients with heel pain will often come to our office asking for a cortisone shot or cortisone injection for painful plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. People may be walking with pain when they come in to see and after the cortisone shot, they are walking without pain.

Cortisone Injection (Cortisone Shot)

These cortisone injections for foot problems and foot pain are used to reduce inflammation, which causes pain. Cortisone is a steroid and a cortisone shot may also be referred to as a steroid shot. Cortisone injections (steroid injections) are strong, fast-acting methods of reducing pain.

Cortisone is also considered a corticosteroid, which is why some people refer to them as steroid shots. Steroids or cortisone can be taken orally, by mouth, but for heel pain and plantar fasciitis our doctors will often give you a cortisone injection.

Common reasons for our Northwest Indiana podiatrists to give a steroid or cortisone injection includes gout, plantar fasciitis, heel spur syndrome, heel pain, foot pain, ankle pain, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, nerve entrapments or pinched nerves, neuroma pain, metatarsalgia, capsulitis, or even a painful bunion.

Cortisone Injection (Steroid Injection) Advantages

Cortisone shots offer the benefit of often working rapidly to alleviate foot pain or heel pain. Our Northwest Indiana podiatrists can target the painful area of the foot and ankle and provide the cortisone injection to a very localized area.

By using a cortisone injection, the side effects of a pill that can be avoided. Our podiatrist may also provide an anti-inflammatory medication orally, but many times the steroid shot is all that is needed for most types of foot and ankle pain.

Sedation for Cortisone Injections

Generally, cortisone injections are given in our podiatry office but for some people who are afraid of needles, sedation is available. Sedation or “twilight sleep” is a good way for people to have an injection of cortisone while avoiding the needle.

Sedation for cortisone injections is quickly arranged by our Northwest Indiana podiatry staff and such injections are done on an outpatient basis at an area hospital or surgery center. If you are interested in sedation for a cortisone shot (cortisone injection) just let the podiatrist know and our office will arrange it for you.

Additional Information about Cortisone Shots for Foot Pain

There are risks to cortisone or steroid injections so you should not have too many of them, particularly in the same area of your foot or ankle. It is important that a cortisone or steroid injection for foot or ankle pain is administered correctly. The foot and ankle are complex and some parts of the foot and ankle should not be injected.

Cortisone injections can also have other side effects, such as a remote risk of infection or cause a steroid flare, or may cause some bruising or pain briefly or may atrophy tissues. Depending on your particular foot or ankle problem, a cortisone injection may be a good option for you and our podiatrists will discuss the treatment options with you when you visit us. 

Our podiatrist office caters to all of Northwest Indiana, including Crown Point, Merrillville, Schererville, St. John, Dyer, Wheatfield, Lowell, De Motte, Gary, Hammond, Munster, Valparaiso, Griffith and Hobart.

If you have foot or ankle pain and believe you may need a cortisone injection (cortisone shot) please call us today at (219)663-2273 and schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists or click here.

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