What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective for Healing Injuries?

If you’re a runner or tennis player, you may unfortunately hear the terms Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciosis. These are painful foot conditions that could literally knock you off your feet for a while, and keep you in tremendous discomfort. 

Any kind of foot or ankle injury can cause chronic pain and be severely debilitating and disruptive to normal life. Luckily, PRP therapy is effective and can help heal your injuries. 

At Podiatry Care’s two offices in Totowa and Paterson, New Jersey, we treat all foot conditions, including flat feet, strains, sprains, heel pain and heel spurs, stress fractures, and broken ankles. Because PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) therapy is especially helpful with injuries to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and soft tissue, Yitzchak Cohen, DPM will recommend this if your condition will benefit from it. While PRP is a great alternative to surgery, it can also be used after a surgical procedure to help you heal even faster.

How PRP can help your feet

As mentioned above, PRP is very helpful for injuries to your ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue. Two specific conditions that greatly improve with PRP therapy are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. 

Getting relief from these chronic pain conditions can return your quality of life and stop preventing you from doing the things you love.

Achilles tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects your heel to your calf muscles. When it’s used too much, which is common for runners, tennis players, and older people who love their pick up basketball games, it can sustain an injury. In mild cases, resting it, stretching it, strengthening the areas around it, and getting PRP therapy will make a major difference in your healing.

Plantar fasciitis

Also known as plantar fasciosis, this is a similar injury to tendonitis. It’s when the band that connects your heel to your toes (plantar fascia) becomes injured and inflamed. The stabbing pain can be brutal. While it’s also an injury that affects runners, obesity, flat feet, and being on your feet for long periods of time are other potential causes for this condition. 

Surgery is a last option for both of these issues and while PRP is used as an alternative to surgery, it can also be used after a surgical procedure to help you heal more quickly. Dr. Cohen will assess the specifics of your situation and determine the best course of action. Depending on the individual, the pain may still take a few weeks to subside after a PRP treatment.

Why PRP is so effective for healing your feet

PRP is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small amount of your own blood. Once we draw it, we put it in a centrifuge for about 15 minutes and spin it at a high speed until the platelets become very concentrated. The resulting plasma is then injected back into the injured area, after our team has numbed the area with a local anesthetic. The process is generally painless, though some people may experience more pain at the injection site for the first two weeks.

Because Dr. Cohen is so careful with the injection, he may use ultrasound to more precisely guide the needle. PRP promotes healing on its own, and also speeds up the healing process if it’s used to support a surgery. This is because the growth factors in PRP are so concentrated and can be 5 to 10 times higher than your normal blood cells. 

When you couple PRP with rest, and eventually getting back to exercise and physical therapy, you’ll be literally back on the path to healing. A foot injury can make the things we take for granted, like walking, consistently painful. Let PRP therapy effectively heal your injuries. Call us for an appointment or use the handy Book Now button. 

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