Should Running Injuries be Treated with Cortisone Shots?

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.

For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.

Sore after a marathon? Cortisone may not be the answerThis past weekend, cheered on by Royalty, over 40,000 runners took part in the London Marathon. When that many feet pound the pavement for 26.2 miles, there are bound to be some injuries among the group.

In a posting I found on Competitor, an online running community, I stumbled upon an article debating whether to treat running injuries with cortisone injections (which are generally used to treat small areas of inflammation). The school of thought in this posting seemed to be that, while cortisone shots used to be the first line of defense against runners’ injuries, people are moving away from this temporary fix towards more permanent solutions like safe training, proper rest after an injury and, of course,  rehabilitation.

Notably, some painful inflammations, like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, still may warrant a cortisone injection, if only to manage your pain level so that you can go through rehab for the condition. But, for basic overuse injuries like those incurred by marathoners and triathletes, getting a cortisone shot shouldn’t be your first move.

In my Houston podiatrist office, I share a lot of running pain solutions with my patients. I especially focus on giving you preventative treatments, like creating custom orthotics, so that you never get to the point where a cortisone shot would even be considered. If you have experienced discomfort when you run or have concerns about running injuries, come see me at Tanglewood Foot Specialists so we can come up with treatment options that work with your life.

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