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PRP Therapy Specialist

Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL & Barrington, IL

If you’re looking for an alternative to self-care remedies, traditional treatments, and surgery for heel pain, then consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy from Dr. Gary M. Kazmer, one of the best in Illinois. Make an appointment online or by phone with Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers for a one-on-one consultation at the Barrington or Elgin office.

PRP Therapy Q & A

What is PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an injection treatment using your own platelet-fortified plasma to relieve pain and trigger healing in bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints.

Among its many benefits, PRP therapy:

  • Stimulates healing by introducing many growth factors
  • Is minimally invasive (nonsurgical)
  • Reduces reliance on pain medications
  • May prevent the need for surgery
  • Provides a relatively quick recovery

What conditions does PRP therapy treat?

Dr. Kazmer often recommends PRP therapy to treat many foot injuries and conditions causing heel pain:

  • Achilles tendinitis and other tendon injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis and other ligament injuries
  • Stress fractures and other bone injuries
  • Arthritis and other joint conditions

How does PRP differ from stem cell therapy?

Both PRP therapy and stem cell therapy are innovative alternatives to surgery using injections of your body’s natural growth factors to stimulate a natural healing process, but while PRP therapy can sometimes attract your body’s stem cells for assistance, the PRP injections don’t contain stem cells.

Because stem cells are far more powerful and versatile than platelet cells, Dr. Kazmer advises stem cell therapy for more severe conditions. However, sometimes he combines it with PRP therapy to optimize results.

The source of growth factors also differs: PRP therapy involves harvesting them from your blood, while stem cell therapy requires collecting them from your bone marrow or fat.

How does PRP therapy treat heel pain?

Platelets are cells in your blood crucial to forming clots to stop bleeding and are effective in healing a variety of injuries. To harvest platelets for PRP therapy, Dr. Kazmer begins by drawing blood from your arm or leg. He then spins the blood in a centrifuge to separate and remove the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

Next, Dr. Kazmer injects the PRP into your heel. This boosts your body’s healing process in the area because the injection contains a much higher concentration of growth factors than normally occur in your body. The entire service usually takes no more than two hours.

What is PRP therapy recovery like?

You may experience minor discomfort at the injection site for a few days but heal enough to safely resume your daily activities within a week or two. Dr. Kazmer sometimes recommends additional injections in follow-up visits.

Call or book an appointment online today to see if PRP therapy is right for you.