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Cortisone Injection

Cortisone Injection
Used for arthritic joints Soft Tissue injuries
WHAT IS IT? Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory which will reduce pain
AIMS OF CORTISONE INJECTION To reduce pain and inflammation associated with soft tissue injury or early arthritis of a joint
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST The effect of cortisone is unpredictable. In some conditions it can cure the problem in others the effect is short term only i.e just days or weeks


Injection time The injection will take less than 30 seconds
Injection placement The injection is most effective if placed in the area of most pain
Is the injection site numbed first The cortisone is combined with local anaesthetic to relieve any discomfort during the injection.
Time off work It is advisable to rest on the day of the injection but you can return to normal the following day.
Pain associated with the injection Obviously pain is very subjective but most people would rate the pain as 2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst agony imaginable.
Onset The effect should be noticeable within the first 2-3 days.
INDICATIONS FOR CORTISONE IN FOOT PAIN Heel pain, pain in the knuckle joint of the ball of the foot, Morton’s neuroma pain, tendonitis, joint pain
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF INJECTIONS Usually if the problem is going to respond to cortisone it will do so within 3 injections, if there is no improvement after this it is unlikely that further injections will help
  • Flare up of pain so the condition gets worse in the first 48 – 72 hours
  • Allergic reaction usually no more than facial flushing.
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Loss of pigment in the skin
  • Damage to the joint cartilage
  • Weakening of the tendon and rupture of the tendon
  • Failure to improve pain
  • Anti-inflammatory creams e.g.Feldene or Ibuleve
  • Ice and rest
  • Padding, strapping and splints
  • Foot supports or orthotics