- Age 55+
- 165 lbs
- Injury Status Recovering
- Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? No
- Runner No
My condition was an overuse injury while wearing shoes that did not provide enough support.
Went to an Orthopaedic Clinic and was diagnosed and immediately started cortisone shots, given air casts, and supportive insoles for my shoes. Got about 2 to 3 days of relief then back to very painful & almost incapacitating feet. Over the next year and receiving 8 injections in each foot to try and get some relief, changed doctors. The new doctor gave one injection while viewing the foot to make sure & target area. On a separate date, Nurse Practitioner gave an injection in the toe area because of constant swelling of that foot.
The best relief I got was from icing & resting the foot. In my case, I think that rest was key, and for about three months, I slept in a night splint on each foot, which really helped to reduce the morning pain.
I really felt that some of the exercises that I was doing were keeping the foot irritated. Bottom line, no easy fix, requires patience & persistence. If I had it to do over, I would probably agree to one targeted injection, but after that just rest, ice, & wear supportive shoes or inserts. Would probably use the air casts again in the early, very painful stage.