Cool Your Heels Before Injections

December 31, 2006

To reduce the pain of a corticosteroid/lidocaine injectioninto the heel, first mark the location with ink and then applyan ice pack for 5 to 10 minutes.

To reduce the pain of a corticosteroid/lidocaine injectioninto the heel, first mark the location with ink and then applyan ice pack for 5 to 10 minutes. The injection can usuallythen be given with little or no reaction from the patient.--Craig Freyer, MD
   Fort Worth, Tex