Do I need a cortisone shot to cure my heel pain?

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Cortisone injection for Houston heel painIn order to control the heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, it is essential that the inflammation is controlled. This can be done in a variety of ways. Oral anti-inflammatory medication, known as NSAIDs, are a common way to eliminate inflammation. Using topical anti-inflammatories, such as ice or Biofreeze, is another important way to control inflammation.

 

It is common to hear about cortisone injections to treat the inflammation of plantar fasciitis. The benefits to having a cortisone injection is that it allows the medication is placed locally where the inflammation is focused. Cortisone is a very effective way to eliminate the inflammation of plantar fasciitis, however it is not the only way. Don't be afraid of a Cortisone injection and don't let it stop you from coming in to get your heel pain checked out. It's likely that you won't get one on your first visit...and possibly not at all!

 

If you are frustrated by continuing heel pain, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to evaluate what else can be done to get you out of pain as quickly as possible.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.