When home care has not relieved your pain and inflammation, your doctor may recommend joint injections or shots. Shots typically include a corticosteroid medication or a viscosupplementation such as supartz, hylogen or synvisc, and a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief.
After your shot
You can go about your day with some limitations although you may have some mild pain or stiffness. Your doctor may ask that you protect the injection area for a day or two and that you stay off your foot as much as possible. You should apply ice as needed to relieve pain.
Injections commonly cause a temporary flare in pain and inflammation for up to 48 hours after the shot. After that, you should experience decreased pain and inflammation. If the pain and swelling continue from more than 48 hours, call your doctor.