Pain-Free Cortisone Patches
If you are battling with inflammation or pain in your feet, you may want to consider pain-free Cortisone patches.
One of the best treatments against pain and inflammation is Cortisone. Cortisone is a synthetic version of the natural hormone cortisol, which is found in your body. Cortisol and Cortisone are all a form of corticosteroids though Cortisone is much more powerful. Cortisone is used to treat most inflammatory and autoimmune conditions and nerve conditions.
Some of the ankle and feet conditions treated by Cortisone include;
- Plantar fasciitis of the foot
- Joint inflammation
- Ankle and foot arthritis
- Morton neuromas occurring in the foot
- Muscle inflammation
- Nerve inflammation
Cortisone can be taken through injections or orally on the mouth. And in some cases, like skin conditions, topicals like creams and gels can be used. Another way that is proving more effective is the use of pain-free Cortisone Patches.
Like several other topical methods, Cortisone patches use transdermal medication to deliver medicine to the affected area through the skin. Cortisone patches use Iontophoresis as the method of delivering the medication through the skin. The method employs a low direct electric current to thrust Cortisone through the skin to the specific area. Cortisone patches are given after prescription by a doctor for use in physiotherapy.
What Cortisone Patches look like
The patches resemble a large adhesive bandage, so you can easily wrap them around the affected area. Inside the patch is an internal battery that provides the electric charge and two pads that absorb the drugs. One pad has a positive charge while another has a negative charge. The Cortisone medication is applied on the negative charge while a saline solution is applied on the positive pad.
How Iontophoresis works in the Cortisone patches
This medication delivery method works based on the principles that like charges repel each other like magnets. Thus, when a negatively charged medication is placed on a negatively charged pad, it is pushed away into the skin. The Cortisone is thus delivered straight to the affected area.
The patient gets the patch during physical therapy and can wear it even out of the clinic. The patient wears the patch for the minimum number of hours the doctor recommends without any complication. They are designed for one-time use, and you can use them for more than 12 hours without any adverse significant side effects.
The low-level electric current may cause some prickling or warm sensation, but this is normal, and it is not painful. However, should it be painful, you should contact your doctor immediately. The patches are flexible and fit well on the skin. You can therefore conduct your activities with no limitation. However, because of the electric current, you cannot use the patch while in water. You have to take it off when in a shower or swimming.
Benefits of the Pain-Free Cortisone Patches
Cortisone Patches require smaller dosages because, unlike injections, they deliver the medication straight to the affected location. As such, they are effective while reducing the risk of any potential side effects. They are also well-tolerated, non-invasive, and pain-free.
At Frederick Foot & Ankle, we have specialists ready to help you treat or manage your pain or inflammatory condition. We provide pain-free Cortisone patches, among other pain management and treatment options. If you are around the Frederick or Urbana areas, call us today and let us help you.