The number one thing people have been searching to get to this site lately is “cortisone shots” (or, as someone wrote it, “cortizone shoots”), which apparently directs them to a post I wrote about why I got a cortisone shot in my foot. It seemed appropriate, then, that I should update these visitors on if it worked or not.
In short: yes, the cortisone shot worked.
The day of the shot my entire leg hurt and I didn’t do anything except sit around. The next day, my foot was still sore and slightly swollen, but I could water run. And, by two days after I was able to do a test run, which went fine, and then a slightly longer test run the next day, which was when I realized it wasn’t my foot that was going to hurt me during the marathon.
So, yes, it sort of worked. My foot hurting is not why I dropped out of Boston. But, a cortisone shot doesn’t solve all your other problems, which have come about as a result of whatever is the reason you need to get a cortisone shot, so it’s only sort of a cure-all.
In theory, now, the cortisone should last for a few months, but after our daily 4-5 miles of walking around Boston my toe started to feel sore. (We had to walk a mile each way to get to the train station, through neighborhoods full of some creepy-ass East Coast big houses.) My toe has been on and off sore-like for the last week, meaning I can usually run a few miles, but I’m never sure if I’ll be able to. This leads me to believe one of two things: either the shot isn’t as effective as purported or the problem is not necessarily inflammation as much as it is some other bone-type issue, like a fracture.
Both of those scenarios mean one thing: doctors suck.