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What Is Cortisone?

By May 14, 2013 - 7:32pm
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Hi, I have a question to ask which is I've been to the podiatrist today and the reason I went is because I have scoliosis and because of scoliosis I don't have balanced feet. My left leg is longer than the other. For scoliosis my podiatrist knows that I'm in treatment for it. I got orthodics today and they really are comfortable. I mentioned to my doctor that I have a lot of pain in my foot because in general my whole balance is on my left foot, because of my back my balance is all on my left foot. He told me that he can give me something by injection called cortisone. I want to know what is cortisone exactly? For such thing where would they inject it, is it in the foot?

My foot pain is in a way that when I'm walking and standing alot especially since my balance is all on my left foot I feel a lot of pressure on my foot and causes me to have such aches and I end up feeling a lot of pain. In such matter I don't know if cortisone is something I should get. I feel much better when I'm sitting though. I prefer sitting all day long. Somedays I'm okay some days I get such foot pain because of a lot of standing.
I do know that I'm allergic to lidocaine and when I mentioned it to my doctor he didn't tell me anything being wrong. I don't know if I get cortisone if it has lidocaine in it or not. What do you think I should do?

Thank You,

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Thank you for your repyly. Since I mentioned that I'm in treatment for scoliosis I will ask this doctor of mine that if he thinks it's okay that I use it.

Thank You,

May 15, 2013 - 12:52pm

Hello Melissa,

Cortisone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Cortisone injections may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of the body. The injections are most commonly given in joints, such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. Even the small joints in your hands and feet may benefit from cortisone shots.

Cortisone shots usually include a cortisone and a local anesthetic.
Since you are allergic to lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic, be certain that your physician is not using a cortisone shot that includes lidocaine.

There's some concern that repeated use of cortisone shots may cause deterioration of the cartilage within a joint. For this reason, doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots in a joint. The limit varies depending on the joint and the reason for treatment. In general, people with osteoarthritis or other noninflammatory conditions may be limited to four total cortisone shots per joint.

The decision to take the cortisone shot is totally yours. But, you need to consider the severity of the pain, how it impacts your ability to function on a daily basis, and the risks.

I hope this information is helpful to you when discussing this particular treatment option with your doctor.


May 15, 2013 - 5:24am
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