PRP Injections: A Quick Healing Alternative

Andrew B. Green
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If you like to run, consider going out for the Starlight Half Marathon/5K in Palm Coast, FL, on December 20. You’ll run past the people gathered to watch the parade, through Town Center decorated for the holidays with lights and music, and finish through a chute of Christmas trees that leads to more music, food and drinks. What a fun race! Of course, if you have heel pain it wouldn’t be much fun at all. For chronic pain from plantar fasciitis, PRP injections may be the treatment that finally brings you some relief.

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is your own blood, drawn and then processed in a special centrifuge to separate out the platelets. These contain connective tissue growth factors that are needed for cells to repair themselves. While you lie quietly, we use a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. We then inject your own platelet-rich plasma directly into the damaged ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. This concentration of growth factors sets off an inflammatory response, which restarts the healing process in tissue that is scarred or lost its inflammatory ability.

There has been a lot of focus on controlling inflammation, but this response to injury or irritation isn’t always bad. In fact, it is your body’s natural way of rushing nutrients, fluids, and oxygen to damaged areas to start the healing process. Adding concentrated PRP just speeds up the normal progression. It is especially effective for plantar fasciitis. Remember not to use other anti-inflammatory drugs for a week after your treatment. If you follow our post-injection protocol of limited activity, using your Cam Walker, icing, and continuing your stretching exercises, the prognosis is very good that your heel pain will soon be a thing of the past.

If you suffer from foot or ankle pain that hasn’t responded to conservative treatment methods, you may want to consider PRP injections before you explore surgical options. Call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Palm Coast, FL, at (386) 586-7373 to set up an appointment. We will evaluate your foot condition and discuss whether this treatment may help you. You can also set up an appointment using our website.

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