Is cortizone (hydrocortisone) guaranteed to work for heel spur?

Not necessarily. A heel spur is a calcium deposit located in the heel that usually presses on the soft tissue and tendons in the heel causing pain. Although a cortisone shot can help reduce inflammation and reduce pain, it does not remove the spur. Sometimes surgical intervention is warrented.
NOT A GUARANTEE. A cortisone shot can be very helpful, but not a guarantee for success. Sometimes we give a 2nd, maybe a 3rd, but if three are not helping, 4,5,6 etc. probably won't. If used properly, with appropriate amounts, it's fairly safe, but does have side effects; talk to your doctor about this. The shot should also be used in combination w/ NSAID's, stretching, inserts, or taping, to name four.
No. In fact, a cortisone shot in this location may help in the short-term but cause long-term problems. Cortisone can damage the fat pad in your heel and lead to chronic problems. Avoid cortisone shots in your heel and start with an aggressive stretching program. Patience pays off.

Related Questions

I am due to have my 3rd cortisone shot in my foot for a heel spur. What is the next step if it doesn't work?

What else . Has been done. A biomechanical exam sould be done. Orthotics often are helpful. Did you get a night splint? If you have morning pain i find them to work. It is possible there is something else wrong...You could have a plantar fasical tear, or stress fracture, an entrapped nerve. Usually, if 3 injections fail, the doc will re-evaluate you...Sometimes, people need surgery. Read more...
Other treatments. Since biomechanic causes are often attributed to this condition, supportive strapping and orthotics should be considered. Physical therapy and stretching exercises also are helpful. In the most prolonged resistant cases, surgery can be performed. However, prior to surgery the diagnosis should be re-evaluated. Read more...
Depends. There are many treatments for heel pain. Your doctor may choose physical therapy, night splint, surgery. Read more...

My podiatrist gave me dextrose shots (yes dextrose said no cortisone afraid of at rupture) for my heel spur. The last round of shots I've had nothing but pain she put me in soft cast I ripped it off now because of pain and feel a bump on heel possibly wh

You can soak . In hot water and epsom salt. Dextrose shots are a type of prolotherapy. You stated you received a series, how many does your doctor anticipate giving you? If your continually complaining the injections hurt, you may want to consider a different treatment option. Read more...
Get another opinion. When you get another opinion, an x-ray should have been already taken to evaluate the structure of the foot/heel/ankle. I assume that you already had this based on the diagnosis of the heel spur; however, the continued pain may be soft tissue related, an mri/ct would be more diagnostic. If you have a tear in the tendon and/or ligament, injections would not be effective. Read more...
Have it re-evaluated. If conservative measured fail to relieve you pain surgery is a viable option under certain circumstances. You may want to also try some physical therapy. Discuss it with your doctor. Read more...

Saw Pod. Tues-heel spur & severe bursitis - cortisone inj-still pain-trying weight-feels like heel crunches & I get nauseated. More time? Or normal?

Not really. A heel spur is often associated with plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia that supports the arch of the foot. But it usually responds well to cortisone, at least temporarily. You might want to have an MRI just to make sure nothing else is going on, such as a stress fracture of the calcareous or other cause because you are in so much pain. Read more...
Plantar fasciitis. Give it some more time. The typical treatment would be wear good supportive shoes with an orthotic, stretch your achilles, use ice on your heel, avoid barefoot flat shoes, try otc nsaids. You may need to rest your feet. See your podiatrist in 2-3 weeks if still painful. . Read more...

Cortizone (hydrocortisone) worked for my left foot 3 years ago, but did'nt work for my right foot at all. Why so?

Different problem. What your left foot had 3 yrs ago, may not be what you right foot has now. Have your doctor take a look if it is bother you. Read more...
Cortisone . What was the condition you were diagnosed with? Read more...
What was it. Used for? In what form? Injection? Cream? Read more...

I have a bug bite on my leg. It's turned into a little hole with lots of water-stuff coming out. Use hydrocortisone? Neosporin?

See doctor. If the bite is getting better and there is no pus , redness, or tenderness, just let it be (certainly no hydrocortisone, Neosporin perhaps). If it involves an area larger than a nickel and is getting worse, see doctor especially if the drainage turns green or brown. Read more...