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Reduce Inflammation &
Alleviate Pain

Steroid injections, also known as corticosteroid injections, are a common treatment approach used in podiatry to address pain, inflammation, and swelling in the foot and ankle. These injections involve administering a corticosteroid medication, such as hydrocortisone or triamcinolone, directly into the affected area. Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that can reduce pain and swelling by suppressing the body’s immune response. Steroid injections are often combined with local anesthetics to provide immediate relief and improve overall foot and ankle function.

patient stretching after steroid injections in Naperville

Conditions Treated:

  • Inflammation in the foot and ankle
  • Pain caused by arthritis or joint conditions
  • Bursitis, a condition involving inflammation of the bursae
  • Tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons
  • Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain
  • Neuroma, a thickening of nerve tissue in the foot
  • Ligament sprains or strains
  • Allergic reactions or skin conditions affecting the foot and ankle
  • Certain autoimmune conditions that cause inflammation in the foot and ankle

To learn more about how steroid injections can help you, contact us today for an appointment.

The Benefits:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation in the foot and ankle
  • Improved mobility and function
  • Faster relief compared to oral medications
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Long-lasting effects in some cases
  • Potential to delay or avoid the need for surgical intervention
  • Quick recovery time and little to no downtime

How They Work

Steroid injections work by delivering corticosteroids, powerful anti-inflammatory medications, directly into the affected area. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain by suppressing the immune response and inhibiting the production of inflammatory substances. The medication acts on specific cells and tissues to decrease inflammation and promote healing. By targeting the precise location of the condition, steroid injections provide localized relief and can effectively alleviate symptoms in the foot and ankle.

patient receiving steroid injections in Naperville

The Process

During a steroid injection for foot and ankle conditions, you will be positioned comfortably, either sitting or lying down. The injection site will be cleaned and sterilized to prevent infection. Your healthcare provider will use a thin needle to inject the steroid medication directly into the affected area, guided by imaging techniques if necessary. The injection is relatively quick and may cause minimal discomfort. After the injection, you may be advised to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a short period.

Side Effects & Recovery

After a steroid injections, it is common to experience mild side effects, such as temporary pain or discomfort at the injection site. These side effects resolve on their own within a few days. In rare cases, more serious side effects like infection or nerve damage may occur, but they are extremely uncommon. You can resume your regular activities shortly after the injection, although your healthcare provider may recommend avoiding strenuous activities briefly. If you notice any unusual symptoms, contact your healthcare provider promptly.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Apply ice to the injection site, if recommended by your healthcare provider
  • Avoid putting pressure on the injection site for a few days
  • Follow the instructions provided by your provider regarding rest or activity restrictions
  • Take any prescribed pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications as directed
  • Keep the injection site clean and dry
  • Monitor the area for any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or drainage
  • Follow up with your healthcare provider as scheduled to monitor your progress

The Candidates:

  • May experience persistent pain or inflammation in the foot or ankle
  • May have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, or joint inflammation
  • Have not responded to conservative treatments, such as rest and physical therapy
  • Are looking for a non-surgical option to manage their symptoms
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Don’t have certain medical conditions that may interfere with the use of steroid injections

Your candidacy for steroid injections will be determined through a thorough evaluation by our foot and ankle specialists. Our medical providers will consider factors like your medical history, current condition, and treatment goals to ensure the appropriateness of the treatment.

The Results

After receiving steroid injections, you may notice improvements in your symptoms within a few days. The medication reduces inflammation and alleviates pain, allowing you to regain mobility and function. However, the extent and duration of the results can vary depending on the specific condition being treated and individual factors. Your healthcare provider will guide you through the expected timeline and discuss any follow-up treatments or therapies necessary to achieve optimal results.

Schedule Your Podiatry Consultation

Illinois Podiatry Specialists is home to board-certified foot and ankle specialists dedicated to providing exceptional care. We offer customized treatment plans tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. Whether you require conservative or surgical interventions, our specialists are committed to delivering personalized care. We understand the importance of timely treatment, so we offer same-day availability. Schedule your podiatry consultation today to explore your candidacy for steroid injections.

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950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

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Glendale Heights, IL 60139


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