Q&A: Answering Some of Your Cortisone Shot Ankle Concerns

Cortisone shots are pretty common across the United States and are favored for their ability to directly help reduce inflammation in and around joints in the feet and ankles.

If you’ve been recommended cortisone shots or are looking for more information, you’re in the right place. We’ve taken time to answer some of the most common cortisone shot ankle questions.

How long does a cortisone shot stay in your system?
Cortisone shots are quite potent, and the effects are felt for up to two months for most folks, sometimes longer in other people.

It’s worth noting that cortisone shots are just one part of your treatment plan and your doctors will make further recommendations to help manage your pain.

Can you get two cortisone shots at the same time?
It isn’t advisable to get two shots in the same area simultaneously.

The current evidence points to the fact that too many cortisone shots in the same area in any given time period can lead to tissue impairment/cartilage damage within a joint.

As a rule of thumb, there should be at least a six-week interval between cortisone shots and no more than three to four cortisone shots per year.

However, it is quite possible to have two different parts of your body injected with the steroid shot at the same time.

What are the negative effects of cortisone shots?
Some people are subject to temporary side effects from getting a cortisone shots on the ankle. The most common of these are:

  • Short-term high blood sugar
  • Short-term high blood pressure
  • Cortisone flare which is discomfort around the injection site
  • Swelling at the injection site
  • An elevated appetite
  • Insomnia

If you have more serious reactions to your shot, immediately get in touch with the doctor that administered the injection for further assessment.

Worried about getting a cortisone shot ankle?
Dr. Lonny Nodelman and the team over at District Foot and Ankle are here to help answer any questions you may have. Request an appointment today.

Looking for more insight? Check out our previous posts:

  • The Overlooked Risks of Cortisone Injections in the Foot and Ankle
  • Cortisone Shot in Foot, Does it Help?
  • Inner Ankle Pain

Disclaimer: Any information provided in this blog is not intended to replace medical advice given by qualified professionals.