At Associated Podiatrists P.C., we are committed to using the most advanced technology and therapies available to treat our patients’ injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) offers patients a non-surgical method for treating injuries and other common foot problems such as plantar fasciitis or tendonitis.
What are PRP Injections?
For humans, blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood that transports cells and contains a protein that catches platelets at the site of a wound or injury to begin clotting. Platelets are responsible for maintaining stability within the body by restoring the blood supply to an area after an injury and constructing new connective tissue. Normal blood contains 93% red blood cells, 6% platelets, and 1% white blood cells. In contrast, PRP contains 94% platelets, 5% red blood cells. Thus, by injecting a concentrated solution of PRP, it can help spur the body’s natural healing process.
Are they safe?
PRP injections are very safe as they use the patient’s own blood, so the risk of immune reactions or disease transfer are eliminated.
What are they used for?
PRP has been used for over 20 years to help treat acute and chronic conditions including:
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ankle ligament sprains
When platelets are placed into areas of the foot and ankle, they release factors necessary for growth and healing, thus resulting in a decrease in pain, improved function, an increase in activity and decrease in recovery time.
What type of procedure is involved?
The process involves drawing the patient’s blood, placing the blood in a centrifuge and then drawing off the platelet concentration. The platelet concentration is then injected in and around the affected area.
To learn more about PRP injections or to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and John D. Miller, DPM, feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or schedule an appointment online!