Plantar fasciitis can be really persistent. You can rest, ice your foot, and take time off from activity — but still have the bottom of your foot aching and pulling at the end of the day. If you've found yourself in a situation in which conservative treatments have not brought you much relief, then your podiatrist might recommend getting cortisone shots in your plantar fascia. Here are some common questions and answers about that process.
What are cortisone injections?
If you've ever used a cortisone cream before, you may be confused or think you've misunderstood when your podiatrist recommends the same medication for your plantar fasciitis. But indeed, cortisone is a steroid that can be used topically or injected into the body. When used topically, it is usually intended to treat some sort of allergic reaction. When injected, it is usually intended to help treat a soft-tissue injury. As a steroid, it accomplishes both things by reducing inflammation. By reducing inflammation in your plantar fascia, the cortisone will ease your pain and also help the area heal permanently.
Where is the cortisone injection given?
Cortisone injections are given directly into the tissues they are meant to help heal. So, your podiatrist will give you the shot in the bottom of your foot — directly in your plantar fascia. This will not be comfortable, but the pain will be short-lived, fading quickly once the injection has been given. If you're really worried about the pain, your podiatrist may give you a numbing shot before the cortisone injection.
How quickly does the cortisone injection work?
The cortisone injection should work quite quickly. Some patients get relief within hours. Others find that it takes a day or two for their pain to subside after the shot. If you take time off from intense physical activity and otherwise take good care of your plantar fascia, then you may only need one cortisone shot to heal your plantar fascia and permanently escape the pain. On the other hand, if your plantar fasciitis is more serious or you don't take the necessary time off, you might need another cortisone shot in a few months.
Plantar fasciitis can take months to heal on its own. As such, cortisone injections are often given to speed up the process. To learn more about this plantar fasciitis treatment and what it involves, reach out to a foot doctor in your area.Share
24 February 2022
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