I'm in excruciating pain after corticosteroid injection in foot

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about 6 months ago I had my first corticosteroid injection in the middle of the top of my foot.  The results were amazing although only lasted 2 months.  Today I had my 2nd one and the experience couldn't be more different.  It was much more painful and since having it 7 hours ago the pain has got unbearably worse.  I can't walk at all as I can't put any pressure whatsoever on my foot as it's so painful. I can't put ice on it as the pressure is too painful.  I'm okay if I lie down and don't move my foot at all but as soon as I move it slightly it is excruciatingly painful.  Has anyone else had an injection on this site and how long did I it take to recover well enough to be able to walk?

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    Hi,  I don't know much about those shots but I know lots of people who have had great experience with EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology)--sometimes referred to as ESWT or Shockwave Therapy. It's non-invasive and there's no downtime.  Maybe you can ask your doctor about it or ask if he/she knows of anyone who provides it.

    Hope you feel better soon!

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      Hi ebh2403

      my foot has got a lot better since I posted .  I still have some discomfort but for now I'm happy with the injection.  I know it will wear off and my next step will be to have mid foot fusion if the pain gets too much.

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    So glad you're feeling better! In the event that the pain comes back (which I sertainly hope it doesn't), before you go doing anything that's invasive ie. surgery, I'd really encourage you to ask your doctor about EPAT/ESWT.  

    Good lucksmile

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    I had an injection this morning and I am now home in bed due to pain from the injection? How many days/ hours before you had less pain?
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      I had my injection in the afternoon.  The pain gradually got worse as the evening progressed.  Then on the following day I could not walk or put any pressure on it whatsoever, eg I couldn't put a sheet over it. I had to stay in bed all day.  The next day I woke up feeling much better and was able to walk, climb stairs etc and by the middle of that day I was fully recovered. I would estimate  it was about 36 hours.  Hope you feel better soon.
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      I'm counting the hours and hope that it will be better by tomorrow.  Thank you for sharing your information with me.
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