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Foot Joint Injection

Foot Joint Injection

The joints in the foot are small and prone to the development of arthritis with wear and tear over time.  A foot joint aspiration or injection is done for pain, swelling, or discomfort that will not resolve with simple conservative measures.

The doctor will numb your foot near the joint with medication. Then, guided by palpation, he will:

  • Insert a thin needle into the joint space
  • Inject an anesthetic (for short term relief) or steroid or platelet rich plasma (for longer term relief)

The medicine then spreads into the joint space, thereby hopefully reducing nerve inflammation and pain. Usually, the procedure takes less than 15 minutes and you can go home the same day.

This particular medication works by slowing down the immune system’s ability to produce molecules that are involved in the inflammatory process. Steroids are not without potential risks; this class of medication has been shown to increase blood sugar glucose in patients who are diabetic and can also cause suppression of the production on natural cortisone from the adrenal glands. It is difficult to predict who, when, and how this will happen. The benefit to biologic agents (PRP and bone marrow) is that they do not result in the same kind of issues with blood sugar and natural cortisone production

The risk of a complication from a foot injection is very low. Rarely, complications include bleeding or infection at the injection site, which is unusual for this procedure. Most of the time, these effects resolve within a few hours.

Do not do any rigorous activity for the first day after your injection. Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day. Do not drive the day of the injection if you have had any form of anesthesia.

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately.

Your response after this initial injection will be a major deciding factor in determining whether repeat injections are to be performed.

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