What We Treat
What Is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a yellowish fluid that is acquired from your own blood. It contains stem cell receptors and powerful growth factors that are vital for tissue regeneration and repair. PRP is used in the foot and ankle to stimulate repair of tendon, bone, cartilage, nerve, and skin.
Minimal Risk Since PRP is from your own blood, there is minimal risk of an allergic or immune reaction.
How Is The Treatment Done?
The entire process takes about 45 minutes and can be done in the office or outpatient setting. A small amount of blood is taken from the arm and placed directly into a sterile container. The blood is spun using a specialized centrifuge separating the PRP ‘layer’ from the rest of the whole blood. The PRP is then injected into the area of abnormality under local anesthesia. An ultrasound or C-arm is often used to pin-point the injured area and to guide the injection.
Recovery After Treatment
The local anesthesia used to numb the area usually lasts a few hours. Initially the procedure may cause some soreness and swelling at the injection site. Patients can apply ice and use pain medication as needed. After a week patients frequently begin a physical therapy program and return to their normal activities with minimal or no down time.
The Healing Process
PRP stimulates a process called the ‘healing cascade’. The newly injected stem cell receptors and growth factors recruit a massive amount of healing and regenerating cells to the injured area. This ‘healing cascade’ remains active for 4-6 weeks. Most patients report significant and steady improvement during this period, gradually returning to full activity. Chronic or extensive problems may require two or three treatments; however, the long term outcomes with repeated injections have been excellent.
Is PRP Right For Me?
Patients with clotting disorders and blood diseases are not good candidates for PRP, however, for all others, there are very few contraindications. Our doctors have a compelling history of successfully treating chronic foot and ankle problems with PRP injections. Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, neuromas, ulcers, arthritis and fractures have all responded well to PRP treatment.