When you have foot pain, it doesn’t matter if it’s from a stress fracture or arthritis, it still disrupts your life and makes it difficult to get around. Until recently, the only option for chronic foot pain was to suffer through invasive surgeries that may or may not fix the problem or just stay at home and off your foot.
Today at Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers, we use a nonsurgical approach that can reduce your foot pain, enhance how your body heals, and delay — and sometimes even prevent — the need for surgical intervention.
With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, we gather your body’s own restorative properties and put them to work exactly where you need them to heal your foot pain. This game-changing treatment harnesses your body’s own healing process and enhances it.
In the simplest terms, PRP is a concentration of your body’s natural blood platelets and other growth factors that we use to both stimulate and enhance the healing process. To begin a PRP procedure, we take about a vial of blood from your arm and place it in a centrifuge.
The spinning of the centrifuge causes the parts of your blood to separate, allowing us to gather the platelet growth factors, concentrated without the extra blood cells, and prepare them in an injection. We then inject the platelet-rich plasma into your treatment area.
The growth factors immediately start to restore and rejuvenate your damaged tissue, regardless of whether it’s bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament. Beyond rebuilding tissue, PRP stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, proteins that keep your tissue strong and agile.
By using only what your body supplies, we can enhance your natural healing ability, restore damaged tissue, and stimulate regrowth, eliminating your foot pain.
When it comes to acute injuries and chronic issues that cause foot pain, PRP truly is a game-changer. The majority of foot pain results from injury or overuse of your ligaments, tendons, bones, or muscles. And PRP can help heal each of these.
So whether you have a tendon injury from overuse, like Achilles tendonitis, or a stress fracture on your heel from a basketball injury, PRP can help you heal. When it comes to plantar fasciitis and other ligament conditions, PRP restores and rejuvenates the ligament, improving your pain and bringing back function.
PRP can even help with joint pain and arthritis, so consider injections in your arthritic ankle or toes. You start to feel less pain as the treatment restores the cartridge and reduces your joint pain.
Regardless of the root cause of your foot pain, there’s a good chance PRP can make it not only feel better, but function better, too. The restorative effects go even further by giving you a quick recovery time — delaying, or even preventing, the need for surgery. With PRP, you can reduce your symptoms and eliminate your condition, getting rid of foot pain for good.
At Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers, we’ve seen the amazing healing benefits platelet-rich plasma therapy can bring, and we know the life-changing impact it’s had on our patients. With PRP, you can finally use what you have within you to help your body heal.