Fitness Tip of the Day

Monday, January 19, 2009


Today is full of limitations. My ankle has really put me in such a rut. At work I have a few steps I have to climb to get to my desk and this morning it did not go well. I keep feeling the pain no matter what I do so I made a HUGE decision today I have to have a cortisone shot (below is a brief description):

Cortisone shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots are most commonly given in joints, such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist, as well as the small joints in the hands and feet. Joint injections are commonly referred to as cortisone shots, but what medication or combination of medications is injected varies. Cortisone shots typically include a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Cortisone shots are typically given in a doctor's office. The results you can expect from cortisone shots depend on the reason for your treatment.

I have had these before and they hurt like He**! But I am at the end of my rope for relief and just need something to help me on my way. I feel as if I will not be able to accomplish my goal of finishing the marathon in March. I was telling my Mom yesterday I just don't feel as if I can do it. But I am going to try and that in itself is all I can do and hope for. I will keep you guys posted but let this be a lesson for everyone you can only do what you can and remember to listen to you body it will tell you what you can and cannot do.


Dutch said...

I hear you about listening to your body. I still haven't been able to exercise yet. I called the doctor this morning to go in and see him since I now think I have a bad sinus infection or if it is something related to the surgery. They called the pharmacy with more medicine. I am really want to start exercise but I am still feeling miserable. I am sorry to hear your ankle is still bothering you. I heard those shots hurt but if it helps you in the long run I guess you might need to get it. Take Care.

Sagan said...

That's an amazing goal you've got!

Listening to your body changes everything. I really hope that your ankle is feeling better. If you want to avoid the cortisone shots, you could try get acupuncture or physiotherapy for the pain- it's really amazing the results that you can get from those treatments.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the cortisone shot. I need them in my knees. If your ankle continues to bother you after treatment, think about whether the marathon in March is the right goal for now. Perhaps water workouts would allow your ankle to heal and strengthen.

jules4422 said...

Mara - I feel your pain! I've just scheduled my next cortisone injection for my right ankle. They do hurt!! The weeks (if all goes well) of relief that come after make it all worth while. Best wishes for a doctor/nurse/physician's assistant who can do it fast and well! Let us know how you're feeling.

SeaShore said...

I hope the cortisone shot helps you.

You're right: our bodies speak loud & clear to us, we just have to listen.