When is a cortisone shot needed for heel pain?


This is a question that I frequently get from my patients in Worcester, Massachusetts.  They want to know if a cortisone shot is needed for heel pain when they come and see a podiatrist. In my hands, if you have the typical plantar fasciitis where the pain is on the inside of the heel when you get up in the morning and then it gets a little bit better, and then when you sit down it hurts again when you get up, that responds very well to cortisone. In my opinion, when is it needed? As soon as you can get to the podiatrist. It’s very, very helpful and very, very effective. I wouldn't delay getting it, because it will just delay your recovery.  

To Your Health,
Dr. Donald Pelto