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Intermetatarsal bursitis - who has had an injection in their foot

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness, Injuries & Recovery' started by SkiBilly, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. SkiBilly

    SkiBilly Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Hi Divas, I now have a Dx for my ball-of-foot pain/burning toes. I had an ultrasound and it showed bursitis between my 2nd and 3rd metatarsal...and the 3rd and 4th one too. I need two cortisone injections but they can't be done on the same day...apparently I can't have too much cortisone injected in one sitting? Has anyone got any info about this? (This just sounds like how our Medicare system is run here instead of a real medical issue.)

    I have an appointment on Monday and then a follow-up on Wednesday. I have heard it hurts like a mother...and I have to have two shots (sob!!). It's such a bummer I can't have it all done on the same day and be done with it. I'm hoping it works for me as I've also heard the success rate can be a bit hit and miss too :cry:
     
  2. ski diva

    ski diva Administrator Staff Member

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    This isn't the same thing, but years ago I had cortisone injections in my foot for plantar fasciitis. I think over the course of a few months I may have had two or three shots. Yeah, it hurt, but really, it wasn't excruciating (keep in mind that I am a wimp for pain.). And it did help a bit...but not long term. Eventually I ended up with my foot in a cast for a month, and that's what got rid of it for me. Your problem is entirely different, so maybe the injections would do the trick for you.
     
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  3. bounceswoosh

    bounceswoosh Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had steroid injections for morton's neuroma. They were uncomfortable, but I didn't think they were terrible.


    Now ... sclerosing ... that was TERRIBLE. For some reason, the nerve objected to being doused with alcohol in an attempt to kill it.
     
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  4. SkiBilly

    SkiBilly Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    I'm very glad it's not Morton's neuroma. That's a tricky one to treat...and sounds so much more painful to do so with the nerve involvement...big ouch! Our feet are so precious. I don't think I'll ever be able to stand wearing high heels anymore. I havent worn any for well over a year now. They have just been sitting in my wardrobe collecting dust.
     
  5. Obrules15

    Obrules15 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    I have an army of different colored patent leather Dansko's that I pair with suits for dressier occasions, other than that the only uncomfortable shoe I'm willing to mess with clicks into a pair of skis!
     
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  6. MaineSkiLady

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    Good luck; grin and bear it.
    I've had cortisone injections a couple of times, and I frankly found them no more uncomfortable than dental anesthetic. I did, however, self-inject for migraines for some time, so needles are a non-issue for me.

    Most recent cortison was for an ankle sprain incurred in mid-October that was not improving by early November. Once and done.

    Will agree with @bounceswoosh about sclerosing, though - have seen others go through this, way-bad painful. Kind of takes the thrill out of recreational alcohol once one knows that it's used to kill tissue, eh? :eek:
     
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  7. bounceswoosh

    bounceswoosh Moderator Staff Member

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    Eh. It's probably closer to rubbing alcohol ...
     
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  8. SkiBilly

    SkiBilly Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Yes, our bodies recognise alcohol as a poison and always metabolises it first. I don't drink too much of it nowadays at all. It just makes me sleepy and gives me a headache.

    I am very reassured to hear it's not too bad. I'm just a tad squeamish about a needle in the foot. I give blood regularly and have a good pain threshold (have broken my shoulder and been bitten by a red back spider - which was way worse than childbirth!), but I suppose it harks back to when I was 10 years old and I had a plantar wart cut out of my heel. I had about 6 jabs in my heel to numb the pain. I was very brave at the time...only a few silent tears squeezed out, but I still remember how much it hurt and the huge hole it left. I couldn't go swimming for the whole summer, which really was the worst part. Funny how we carry stuff around with us for years.
     
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  9. bounceswoosh

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    I've had several steroid shots in my foot and one in my wrist. The only issue with the foot, really, was that it left a squishy pad under my foot till it absorbed. It felt a little bruised after.

    With the wrist, I did actually have a rare reaction after the numbing agent wore off. I was fine all day, but then it hurt so bad that I had to shift (manual transmission) with my left hand. And DH had to undress me for bed because any contact hurt. But again, rare. I recommend taking advil 4-6 hours after the shot.

    That experience was still better than sclerosing, even though the pain from sclerosing only lasted a few minutes.
     
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  10. SkiBilly

    SkiBilly Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Well, I'm very happy to report that I've had my two cortisone injections into my foot and it is fantastic to be back to normal...it worked and it only stung a bit. Each shot was all over in seconds!

    Yesterday, we went for a 3 hour bush walk (it was only going to be about 2 hours but we took the wrong turn on the map). It was hard yakka - very steep and rocky on some of the uphill (much faster and way less slippery than trying to come downhill though) and my foot was fine. Both feet were a bit rubbed and sore at the end but that's to be expected (I'll tape all the hot spots for next time - I know where they are now).

    I'm also chuffed that my fitness was so good and I coped in our monstrous heat and humidity. Hopefully, I will get my ski legs back in quick time and be able to happily slide in the altitude. I.cannot!wait! - hit the slopes on 23Feb. Counting down the days now :yahoo:
     
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  11. Hormake

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    Just wanted to congratulate you! Sorry I post this (I guess) too late, but I wanted to say that I also had 2 cortisone injections for the exact same condition as you did and, seemingly, as you, everything went well. I had them 6 months ago and ever since I am all fine. come back on 23Feb and update. good luck :smile:
     
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  12. Ringrat

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    I just saw this thread and want to add my congrats on a diagnosis and successful treatment. I'm at 22 months foot pain and am no closer to knowing what's wrong than I ever have been...I'm just out of tests & doctors. So, seriously...congrats!
     
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  13. Jenny

    Jenny Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    That really sucks. You must be so frustrated.