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recovery time after cortisone injection

I'm having my first injection next week after trying everything available it's in my left heel I've heard few things as 2 days to 2 weeks how long should I refrain from going to work after having it done

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  • ray62350 ray62350 conker

    I've had quite a few of those done !

    Off wlrk....depends on what work is.

    Most Docs suggest that 48hours to 10 days is the time necessary for cortisone to take effect but the only issue really is squeezing the fluid out of the area that requires the cortisone. One doc wanted me to rest for the full 10 days to make sure it lasted in the required area, another said I should get some indication of +/- in 48 hours - I reckon it depends on how much you would be on your feet at work.

    • conker conker ray62350

      Thanks for that I thought it differed my employers are convinced that it's only like a cortisone in shoulder ill be fine in 2 days. .They have no idea you don't walk on your shoulder

    • conker conker ray62350

      I have a busy job however my employers have let me have a more seated role but this still requires me to get up and down and walk round quite a bit my physio is in contact with my job and has sent them a report on what I should avoid it just has annoyed me that my employers think you've got 48 hrs to recover that's it

  • j52763 j52763 conker

    I was told nothing when I had my injections, but as my foot swelled to double its size the next day I couldn't walk anyway and had to stay home. It took about 4 days for me to be able to put a shoe on and then the swelling would come and go, I had 9 injections in one foot in one session. It hurt a lot, and yes, I cried and screamed. But as we reach a desparate stage we start to try anything just to get some relief. I hope it all goes well, make sure you pee before you get it done as you may do it during the treatment. Good luck.

  • PremPod PremPod conker

    I am a Podiatric Surgeon and would advise that you reduce your activity for 24-48 hours post injection. Some patients exprience a steroid flare which essentially means you get a reaction to the injection which makes the area very painful. This generally lasts 5-7 days and you simply have to manage the pain levels with rest and analgesia - this is different to an infection post injection which is much less common.

    There is no scientific evidence that walking on the foot disperses the fluid more quickly and the effectiveness is very variable between individuals. Some get immediate reliefe, some it takes 2-4 weeks, others get no relief. It is a little unpredictable although some scnas can help to guide the potntial benefit.

    • j52763 j52763 PremPod

      Hi, is there any hope for us sufferers? My doctor has fobbed me off for 14 years with painkillers, without exercises or referals, saying it will just 'go away' I'm now at the stage where some mornings I can't actually walk and at 43 years old crawling on your knees first thing to the bathroom and hauling yourself up via the loo and sink is a grim as it gets. Its cheaper to buy nurofen plus, than a prescription and I walk on the outside of my foot which effects my knee, hips and back. I don't want to be in a wheelchair and when the pain was really bad a few years ago I considered ending it all. My doctor told me to just get rest and rub on anti inflamatories and I'd feel better soon. I'm now paying to go private to see a consultant, hopefully my life will not be dominated anymore by this condition, and if this works I can help others who share this rotten condition.

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    • tina80082 tina80082 PremPod

      So I have morton's neuroma started in my right foot just had a cortisone shot on Friday - should it be better by now?  My left foot is actually more painful than my right on the top (the bottom is worse on my right); supposedly I have multiple in my left - would that cause numbness on the top and pain in the top.  Just weird It all happened all of a sudden wtihin the past month.  I am/was a runner - ran 6.5 miles everyday for 20 years.  I have no idea what to expect as of yet noone has really explained anything to me..........

    • haley12345 haley12345 tina80082

      I had Mortons Neuroma in both feet years apart and did cortisone, and on my left foot did the open surgery and NOTHING works for MN except for cryosurgery where they go in and freeze the nerve, its a miracle worked for both my feet and its the easiest procedure like a 20 min in ofice visit by a good podiatrist, not many podiatriast do it but there is a great one Dr. Katz in Tampa and another I went to in Encinitas Podiatry Group (near San Diego, CA). I hardly ever write in these types of forums but I know your pain and wish someone had told me about cryosurgery before I went through all the injections and open surgery. Hope this helps you. 

    • yorkbridgers yorkbridgers PremPod

      I am in crazy pain since my injection - 10+. I have a neuroma sitting on the nerve on the ankle which has caused  issues at night mostly for 5 years - but it is manageable , sometimes with cortisone which has been very different that this last one -- (different doctor too) I had not had an injection for 3 years, then yesterday when injected I almost passed out -- I can't walk, or think, putting ice the foot and on pain medication -- wondering: can the doctor have hit the nerve and caused damage there? I am active and healthy yoga teacher- this is the worst thing I have ever been through in terms of foot pain. could this be damage or just a reaction ?

    • jana89782 jana89782 j52763

      Have you tried wearing the boot? I have severe pain in one foot due to injuries to my ankle. I was given the boot about a month ago I sleep with it on every night and in the morning wake up with very little pain and tightness it works great. Of course I can't sit longer than 40 minutes without having pain, but man the mornings are the worst. I go in tomorrow for the shot have you tried that? Did it work?

    • della28415 della28415 PremPod

      I've had an injection Monday morning and it still hurts. I was told by my podiatrist doctor to get Vionic shoes and Salonpass icy hot and rub your feet with ice bottle and it helps. But I have 90% of my home is tile, I got a pair coming in the mail vionic house slippers to walk around the house. What is your suggestions? Also I take Tylenol arthiritus.

    • Ms. Vick Ms. Vick j52763

      Omg.. Doctors! So..I've struggles w/ health issues for 7-8 years now...and the last 1 yr to 11/2 I have pain in my feet!! When i get up to go to the restroom in morn., im holding on to things! Makes it a bit hard to live like this! I just was told i have plantar fascitis..but its not just my heel..he says it can gad it tears ago in just my geals! It's from if i could control my addiction to sugar n carbs..i might kick it..but i can't!! Its all part of the health issues..weight gain..joint random pains. Vertigo..etc..i also want to feel normal 38..w three teens..single and work full time w kiddos.

    • joycepost joycepost Ms. Vick

      Hi Ms Vick,

      I feel so sory for you, theres no immediate solution for PF its a long hard struggle, ive had it now for nearly 4 years ups and downs, and the truth is when I lose weight (which is so hard and very rare) it does go a lot better, I wear medical insoles which are specially made for my problem and I have to wear trainers all the time.

      I have a nice office job and like to dress nice, but now my whole wardrobe has had to change to suit my footware and my stupid feet. I hate it....

      Ive been to several specialist and Ive had every treatment in the book there possibly is for FP but nothing works. not for me anyway. Ive had cortisone injections twice. (would defo not recommend) knowing now what I know. 

      At night i put 2 ice packs on my feet to sooth the pain after walking about etc. but I am never pain free.

    • Jadajag Jadajag joycepost

      Joyce, I am sorry you are suffering from PF.  It is horrible. I have it in both feet and have had pain for years after walking or standing a lot but it has gotten worse the last couple months so I went to the foot dr and have braces on each foot and was told to do stretches and I got a cortisone shot in each foot (very painful) and then they wrapped my feet in medicated guaze and I was told to keep my feet wrapped for 2-5 days. My feet don't feel any different, they said it would take a couple days to feel better,  but the shot area doesn't hurt. I'm wondering why you don't recommend the shots?

    • zanylany zanylany Jadajag


      What a complex complaint PF is.  Nothing seems to be the same as in treatment, just the pain which is nothing like other pain.  What sometimes works or suits 1 doesn't another.  I had a Cortizone injection 2 months ago which didn't improve.  In general I am told to wear gel heels and then for me I find they make it worse, no matter how soft they are.  I find soaking my feet in ice is like being in heaven and temporary relief is the taping recommended by the doc.  It takes a lot of the discomfort away.  Go onto U Tube to see how to do it. I did pay privately to see a Podiatrist and he sorted insoles out  to the shape of my foot in some trainers.  They are the most comfortable things I can wear. It seems to be a complaint that is in curable.  Sometimes I am told it can just disappear.


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