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Discussion: cortisone shots

in: Adventure Racing; Training & Technique

Aug 1, 2014 2:01 PM # 
Any thoughts on cortisone shots for plantar faciitis?
I've been steadily moving up the chain of treatments for the last 3 years and my Dr has said cortisone is the next step (surgery is last).
I'm not crazy about cortisone as I know it can lead to tissue atrophy but maybe it's time.
Can anyone share their experiences with using cortisone for PF?
Aug 2, 2014 4:57 PM # 
I have had one so far, and it worked.

Less risk with fascia vs tendons. Fascia is different.

worth noting: I re-injured my fascia a few months after the shot, when I walked around Miami all day (for a few days, 4-7hrs) in flat/minimalist shoes. Prior to that I wore orthotics and 8-10mm heel drop which also aided recovery.

My PF and achilles tendonitis knocked me out of running and racing for almost a year.

For my Achilles, I had traumeel injection. Quite painful, but it actually worked. 80-90% improvement. And I was skeptical.

Give it a go!
Aug 4, 2014 9:54 PM # 
You've probably already tried this, but wearing a night splint can be very helpful. My left heel was bad enough my wife had to help me out of bed a few times.

I wore one like this:

It took a few weeks but I got better. Good luck; that stuff hurts.
Aug 4, 2014 11:39 PM # 
Wow that's a hardcore night splint bobjenkins79! I've worn the soft ones. I didn't even know this exists. Thanks for sharing!
And thanks for the injection info el_Chupacabra! I only knew of Traumeel as a topical agent. I'll look into it.

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