Advanced non-surgical treatment for chronic foot and ankle problems
As part of our commitment to using conservative, non-invasive podiatry treatments whenever possible, the Family Foot & Ankle Clinic offers cutting-edge treatments such as platelet rich plasma therapy to treat common foot problems and sports injuries.
What is platelet rich plasma therapy?
This procedure involves platelet rich protein (PRP) injections into the affected area. Human blood consists of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets serve to restore blood supply to injured areas and help construct new connective tissue. However, platelets make up only about 6 percent of normal blood.
PRP injections are created by drawing a small quantity of the patient’s blood (which assures the body will not react adversely), and placing it into a centrifuge to separate the components. The separation creates four solutions—one of which is platelet rich plasma, with a 93 percent concentration of platelets. This solution is injected into the injured area, where it stimulates the healing process.
Most patients who undergo PRP injections are able to return to normal activity within three weeks of treatment.
Conditions treated with platelet rich plasma therapy
PRP injections can be used to successfully treat a number of problems, injuries, and chronic conditions. Sports-related injuries, including both acute and overuse lower leg injuries, typically respond well to this therapy.
In addition, PRP injections can be successful in treating conditions such as tendonitis (an injury to the Achilles tendon) and plantar fascitis (inflammation or damage to the arch ligament, which often causes heel pain).
If you’re experiencing acute or chronic foot or ankle pain, contact us to discuss the possibility of platelet rich plasma therapy to promote your healing process.