Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain

The use of platelet-rich plasma has gained significant popularity in the field of sports medicine and podiatry for its power to enhance healing of both acute and chronic ailments.

The body has a short time window that it can dedicate to heal an injured and is often called the “inflammation stage” of injury. After 3-6 months, the body “gives up” on the injured tissue and moves on to other areas that need help. This is called the “chronic injury stage” and there are little to no cells in the injured tissue site to help with healing.

The healing process of chronic plantar fasciitis, ligament, tendon, bone and cartilage injuries can be expedited by injecting cells that promote inflammation, raise a red flag to alert the body to take notice of the injured tissue again so it can assist healing the damaged tissue once again.

These essential healing cells are already contained in your blood. Though best known for their role in clotting blood, platelets also contain proteins called growth factors, which are important in the healing of injuries.

With PRP, your blood is withdrawn, placed in a centrifuge to separate the different types of blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets). After being separated, the platelet rich blood sometimes has 10 times a richer concentration of growth factors.Your doctor will then inject this platelet-rich portion of blood directly into the area of your injury. Usually with a single injection, although sometimes a series is appropriate.

Plantar fasciitis that is resistant to conventional treatments is a condition that can be treated with this therapy. Those patients that have been plagued by failure to improve their pain from fasciitis by conventional methods like steroid injections, orthotics and therapy are good candidates to help to avoid surgical management. Other conditions that are treated with PRP are tendonosis and foot and ankle arthritis.

After the injection, your injured region may be sore for a week or two while the injected cells are given time to work. Usually a walking boot will be applied for 1-2 weeks after the procedure. For the next several weeks the healing benefits begin to reduce inflammation and pain to a noticeable degree. There are times with resistant cases that multiple treatments may be required.

Dr. Weiss is accepting new patients and if you suffer from any of these ailments and have tried everything don’t hesitate to call. He can be reached at 609-561-2488.