I had 6 steroid shots in the heel of my foot for pain that I was having due to heel spurs. I also have the beginning of osteoporosis and I didn't know at that time that steroid injections were bad for osteoporosis. Do you think it will make the osteoporosis worse and cause more bone loss? I would like to have more injections because it really helped with the pain but now I am afraid. Does anyone know if the injections in the feet are bad for your bones?
Steroid injections are used to reduce swelling and inflammation to the area they are injected. A foot or ankle steroid injection will deliver medicine into or near the painful area or joint.
Like all medicines steroids may cause side effects, although not everybody
will experience them. Some of the side effects you may have include hot flushes, feeling sick, mild abdominal pain, fluid retention, a temporary rise in blood sugar, and menstrual irregularities (in women)
These should settle within a few days.
Research has shown that corticosteroid medications can cause bone loss and result in osteoporosis if taken orally or intravenously (IV) in high doses or for long periods.
The steroids found in a steroid injection are unlikely to have an impact on bones because, after injection, the medication typically doesn't enter the bloodstream in significant amounts for any length of time.
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Sorry, I was told NOT to have any steroid injections because my endocrinologist said that it would have a negative impact on my osteoporosis. More to the point is that research has shown that steroid injections help more initially, but that those who get steroid injections have far worse outcomes over the long haul. Physical therapy, for example, helped far better than steroid injections. Don't know if you can get PT for your feet. I had 4 steroid injections in my shoulder 14 years ago. That shoulder has continued to get worse through the years so that now it is far WORSE than my stroke affected arm which has some permanent disability.
Hi Ocean. I was reading this and I think the most important part is how bad is your Osteo and what treatments are you receiving besides the shots? For example if you are taking A bone enhancement, there will be trouble when it reaches the medicated areas as they counter each other. Just be sure every doctor you see has your entire health history, it is discussed and all medications are disclosed. I say this because my health is very complicated. When I go to the ER if the doc hasn't seen my history they can suggest things that can cause a lot of trouble. Be your own advocate. Hang in there.
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