A steroid injection, sometimes referred to as a cortisone injection, may be offered at Dr Foot Podiatry to treat pain associated with inflammation. Inflammation can occur in a number of joints and soft tissues of the ankle and foot, resulting in pain, restricted movement, and impaired function. A steroid is not a painkiller directly, instead it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. The steroids ability to reduce inflammation means that they can reduce pain that is the result of inflammation.
We also offer ostenil injections which contain hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient that aids in the restoration of synovial joints that have been damaged by osteoarthritis; the big toe joint is a synovial joint. Synovial joints produce synovium, which is a liquid that helps to lubricate the joint allowing it to be mobile.
We can also offer Prolotherapy.This treatment uses local anaesthetics, mixed with other natural substances like homeopathic solutions or glucose, which are injected into problem sites. Most useful areas are knee, ankle, foot and toes.
Prolotherapy is ideal for plantar fascisits or heel pain. Prolotherapy repairs the plantar fascia by strengthening the fascia and providing support to the arch of the foot. Prolotherapy is a treatment that regenerates and strengthens the weakened structures, such as the weakened plantar fascia ligament. Instead of weakening and boosting degeneration as with cortisone, Prolotherapy injections to the weakened fascia will repair and strengthen the arch. When the fascia is injected with a Prolotherapy solution, the body’s own mechanism for healing is stimulated, causing an influx of blood and regenerative cells to the area. The plantar fascia becomes strong again, and the pain resolves.
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