Cortisone Injection in Foot

If you are suffering from persistent heel pain, ankle pain, or nerve pain that hasn’t responded to conservative care, then a steroid injection at the Sussex Foot Centre might be the treatment for you.

What are cortisone foot injections?

Corticosteroid / Cortisone injections (steroids) are drugs to treat pain, inflammation, certain types of arthritis and many other medical problems. They can be used in injectable form and are helpful in treating certain foot problems. If you have tried other conservative treatments with no success then it might be time to consider a steroid injection.


An example of a Patient suffering from severe foot pain who was helped by this treatment: Good morning Jon. You asked me to let you know how that “odd” pain across the toes in my left foot was and it is fine and no further problem. Also, the steroid injection in my right foot has helped enormously and would say almost pain-free which, after all these months, is just amazing! So much so, I am hoping to now go back to the ballroom and Latin American dancing classes….so all good! 

Mrs Sparkes


How quickly will the injection work?

This varies with individuals but most people report improvement in their symptoms within 24 to 48 hours.  It can however take a few days before any change is noticed, and a small proportion of patients gain little if any benefit from their use. Improvement can last for weeks or months and in some cases improvements last even years. There is a small proportion of patients who feel little or no benefit following a cortisone injection in the foot.

Cortisone Foot injection

Everything you need to know about Cortisone Injections…

How does the cortisone treatment work?

Steroids (Methylprednisolone) are given via injection mixed with local anaesthetic (to make the injection more comfortable for you).  This will make the area numb for a few hours.  You will be reviewed 4 to 6 weeks later and the injection repeated if necessary, to a maximum of three doses per year.

How long will the effects last?

Improvement can last for weeks or months, and in some cases, improvement lasts for years.

Side effects
Side effects from the low doses used in injections are rare but can occur. The most common are:
• Steroid flare – pain at the injection site.  This happens in 10% of patients.  The pain can be quite severe but settles down in a day or two. Take over-the-counter painkillers if required, such as paracetamol.
• Facial flushing – this may occur 24 to 48 hours after the cortisone injection but will settle within a day or two.
• Fat wasting – a small amount of subcutaneous fat may be affected by the injection leaving an indentation at the injection site.

What types of foot injuries can be treated with steroid injections?

Types of foot Injuries that can be treated with steroid injections in the foot and ankle are:
• Heel Pain Including plantar fasciitis, policeman’s heel
• Morton’s Neuroma Nerve pain usually between the metatarsals
• Arthritis In the big toe, ankle joint or any other joint in the foot and ankle
• Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Pain under the ankle bone, giving a feeling of pins and needles


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Amy's been extremely helpful, informative and lovely to talk to during my foot appointment the last few visits. 100% recommend their services.
Darryl Rebbetts
Darryl Rebbetts
Have had scan and chiropodist treatments and both were carried out with care and I was informed what would be done. I would highly recommend the Sussex foot centre for treatments.
Sheila Stobbs
Sheila Stobbs
I was misdiagnosed by my GP after injuring myself long distance walking. Now I not only know what's wrong with me, but also how to remedy it so I can walk again. Great attention to detail. Thank you 😊
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Liz Platt
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Nikki Martin
Nikki Martin
Had an appointment with Jon Collins about a sore heel. Had a scan on both heels, which was followed by a detailed analysis of the results and an explanation (in layman's terms) what the issue was. Very impressed with his knowledge, how it was imparted and happy with our agreed action plan.
Jonathan Whitnall
Jonathan Whitnall
Over the last 4 years or so, I have visited a number of professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. I was experiencing recurring injuries in my left knee and hip from sports and from attempting to walk mid-distances. The pain was starting to flare in my back too. I was following the physiotherapists’ advice religiously and attending appointments regularly. However, the programme of exercises tended to make the pain worse rather than better. To add to my frustration, I was also misdiagnosed with a hip condition. In the back of my mind, I always felt there was something biomechanically incorrect in the way I move but I was reassured that was not the case until…..I booked an appointment with Jon at Sussex Foot Centre for a gait assessment. Jon quickly recognised the issue with my feet and their incorrect positioning. I was prescribed custom orthotics and after a few months of perfecting these, Jon then created my semi-permanent pair of orthotics. I have been walking further than I have done and am now back on the courts playing tennis, which I love, and never thought I would be able to do again. The whole team at Sussex Foot Centre are very helpful and efficient. My treatment is ongoing so as long as Jon is a podiatrist, I am his patient :) Thank you for everything!
Katherine Morley
Katherine Morley
I had nail surgery last October and after all this time I can say it was worth it. Jon didn’t rush me into it and gave me all options available, in the end I decided to go for the surgery and Jon made it so easy and everything was explained to me before, during and afterwards. Any questions I had were always answered by Jon or one of his team and put my mind at rest (I’m a bit of a worrier). Can’t thank them enough for helping with something that I had tried to ignore for years.
Gavin Robertson
Gavin Robertson
I highly recommend Sussex foot centre. I booked an appointment for the shoe insoles and Jon was very helpful and professional. He provided a great solution for me and I feel much better since I wear my new insoles. The entire team is also very nice and helpful with booking the appointments around my work schedule.
Michał Piotrowski
Michał Piotrowski
After the NHS screwed up my ingrown toenail operation twice this year I decided to go private and it was the best decision. I was seen really quickly and toes healed within a couple of weeks, highly recommend sussex foot centre.
Lauryn Spink
Lauryn Spink