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