Why Has PRP Become a Popular Treatment?

Feb 01, 2024
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PRP treatment has become increasingly popular over the years to manage pain caused by a number of foot and ankle problems. But why are so many people turning to this procedure for health and healing?

Foot pain is incredibly difficult to deal with. Depending on the cause, it can make it hard to stand, walk, and even just rest. However, PRP therapy has been an effective treatment for many individuals with this type of pain. 

Here at Southwest Foot & Ankle in Scottsdale, Arizona, we offer several of the very best treatment options for foot pain, and PRP therapy is among them. Whether you’re suffering from joint pain or another type of foot-related pain, PRP could be helpful to you. And because of this, many people seek it out. But what makes PRP such a popular treatment? 

Our providers — Petrina C. Lewis, DPM, FACFAS, and Mark T. Lewis, DPM, FACFAS — are happy to discuss the benefits of this procedure and why it’s become such a favorable option among our patients.

PRP therapy for foot pain 

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This substance is obtained from your own blood, which is drawn on-site and then spun in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates out the platelet-rich plasma, which is then harvested and injected into your pain site. 

Issues where an injury never properly healed or occurred slowly over time respond very well to PRP. Numerous foot-related problems can benefit from this treatment, including 

A study comparing PRP to steroid injections found their immediate effects to be comparable when used to treat plantar fasciitis. For many people, this is already a great benefit. 

However, the popularity of PRP has increased over the past 10-15 years for a number of conditions, according to another study. So the question remains: Why has this procedure become so incredibly popular? 

The benefits of PRP therapy 

PRP therapy has multiple benefits that make it popular, even over the long-used procedure of steroid injections. Consider some of these benefits and ask yourself if this procedure might be effective for your needs. 

Virtually painless

Though PRP is administered via injection, the treatment isn’t very painful, and most patients tolerate it with only local anesthesia. It also doesn’t cause discomfort over time like some other treatments. 


One of the biggest benefits of getting PRP therapy is the safety of the procedure. The solution comes from your body, so there’s very little chance of infection or of your body having a negative reaction to the treatment. Many patients love this peace of mind. 

Fast, natural pain relief 

One of the best parts of this pain relief is that it comes from a natural source: your own blood. Also, it starts working instantly. Most people who receive PRP injections notice immediate pain relief, and those who don’t usually report it occurring soon after. 

Long-term results 

PRP is also popular because it creates long-term results for pain relief. This is because PRP promotes healing and growth through your body’s natural processes. The platelet-rich plasma stimulates healing by bringing blood flow to the problem area of your body and decreasing inflammation. 

Treats multiple problems 

PRP is a bit of an all-purpose treatment. It can manage issues that occur together, such as heel spurs and plantar fasciitis or bunions and neuromas. 

Learn more about PRP

PRP isn’t only effective; it’s an incredibly popular treatment that many patients swear by. It can help treat a variety of issues in a relatively natural and extremely safe way. 

Call Southwest Foot & Ankle at 480-900-7399 today to make an appointment or schedule online at your convenience. We’re happy to discuss PRP therapy and determine if this treatment will be right for your needs.