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Cortisone injection
Nov 29, 2003
I had bunion surgery on 8-4-03...foot is still swollen in the morning...dr. gave me celebrex to take for 10 days...the second toe does feel better as i also had a hammertoe fixed and bone shaved in two places and two callous removed on the bottom of my foot. also a screw put in..dr. suggested i have a coritzone injection in my big toe to help with the swelling...i know this is painful and he told me he would numb it first...i would like to know if anyone has had this shot and what the results were...thank you..
[QUOTE=mjcan]I had bunion surgery on 8-4-03...foot is still swollen in the morning...dr. gave me celebrex to take for 10 days...the second toe does feel better as i also had a hammertoe fixed and bone shaved in two places and two callous removed on the bottom of my foot. also a screw put in..dr. suggested i have a coritzone injection in my big toe to help with the swelling...i know this is painful and he told me he would numb it first...i would like to know if anyone has had this shot and what the results were...thank you..[/QUOTE]

After my second bunionectomy on the same bunion (the screw did not stay in place the first time) I continued to have severe pain in the second metatarsal. I had a series of three cortisone shots between the first and second toes. It was painful but did relieve the swelling. I wound up having to have additional surgery but maybe the cortisone will do the trick for you.
Last week I had a cortisone injection on the top of my foot near the 2nd and 3rd toes. The Podiatrist sprayed something cold on the site of the injection as a distraction tool (I'm not sure if this numbed the area) and at the same time injected the cortisone. He told me to hold my breath, then he told me to let my breath out. The injection hurt a lot, but only for less than a minute and then the pain of the injection was gone. I've had no complications from the injection. The Podiatrist didn't tell me whether the cortisone injection was a long-acting or short-acting injection, though.

I cannot comment about how a cortisone injection would feel in a big toe, however, but I just wanted to provide you with some insight as to my first experience with a cortisone injection in my foot. I was extremely nervous about having the injection because my foot is sensitive and also because I hate needles. But the injection was well worth it...my toe pain/tingling has improved. :) I am also going to physical therapy and having ultrasound treatments there.
Is there an Rx patch available that you could try first? Check all your options. I had a cortisone shot in the right bunion administered by a podiatrist (no corrective surgery done to this foot) to relieve bunion pain. I don't believe he numbed it because it hurt badly-more then I ever expected. He said the pain would eventually go away. That took a few days. Limping & pain leaving that office was worse then when I walked in. Afterwards I had to go places and walk-nearly impossible. The shot did not help. I am not sure why but would not have it done again. I learned to ask more questions and investigate options.
My foot is still partially numb from a cortisone shot I got a week ago in the nerve that runs down the inside of the ankle. I wouldnt do it again. I have tarsal tunnel syndrome. The needle hurts soooo bad!
[QUOTE=mjcan]I had bunion surgery on 8-4-03...foot is still swollen in the morning...dr. gave me celebrex to take for 10 days...the second toe does feel better as i also had a hammertoe fixed and bone shaved in two places and two callous removed on the bottom of my foot. also a screw put in..dr. suggested i have a coritzone injection in my big toe to help with the swelling...i know this is painful and he told me he would numb it first...i would like to know if anyone has had this shot and what the results were...thank you..[/QUOTE]


I have had 7 cotisone shots in the past 2 months between my toes and in ball of foot. The doctor will numb area with a spray and inject. It is just like getting a flu shot a little pinch and that is it . You can leave.





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