Clinical Manager David Good completes Steroid Course

This blog discusses David Good completing both theory and practical elements of Corticosteroid Injection Therapy course. How steroids can be helpful in an variety of conditions and how they work are discussed in the following article.

Following on from the blog I wrote last summer I have now completed the necessary amount of supervised steroid injections under the mentorship of our in house Consultant Podiatric Surgeon Ernest Barlow-Kearsley and Specialist Podiatrist Stuart Hodder (a previous associate of The Footcare Centre) up at Charing Cross Hospital, London. This has since been assessed by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and my insurance has been amended to include Injection Therapy.

I thoroughly enjoyed enhancing my skill set which will only benefit my treatment planning going forward for complicated and chronic conditions.

So……….What are steroids?

Steroids are hormones located within the body and are responsible for the regulation of inflammation, metabolism, immune function, as well as salt and water balance. When a joint/soft tissue becomes inflamed and the body cannot respond to reduce the inflammation, steroid injections can be used to assist in reducing inflammation and swelling at the structure.

What is a Steroid injection?

Steroid injection consists of small amount of corticosteroid that has an anti-inflammatory action and local anaesthetic which numbs the area temporarily. Injections into soft tissues and joints can be very effective in giving pain relief when the tissue is inflamed.  It is known as a local injection because it acts only in that area and does not travel around the body.

As previously mentioned conditions that may benefit from a cortisone injection include:

 

When will I start feeling the effect of the injection?

You will feel the effect of the steroid usually within 1 to 2 days but can be up to 10 days after the injection. Within this time frame patients are advised to continue taking normal painkillers. The steroid provides up to six months of relief however this duration is dependent on each patient.

When should I have a steroid injection?

In my opinion steroid should not be used normally as a first line treatment option and other conservative methods need to be explored before considering this slightly more aggressive approach.

So if you have a chronic condition that has not responded to some conservative methods or you would like to find out more information then please book with me David Good either online or calling 01932 849373.

This has been written by David Good and is the opinion of the blogger and not necessarily The Footcare Centre LTD

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