PRP treatment is becoming a more and more popular procedure for individuals dealing with a number of illnesses and disorders, both acute and chronic. But have you heard that PRP has been used successfully to treat foot pain?
We at Southwest Foot & Ankle want our patients to have the safest, most effective treatments available. At our Scottsdale, Arizona, office, our providers — Petrina C. Lewis, DPM, FACFAS, and Mark T. Lewis, DPM, FACFAS — focus on helping you create the best treatment plan for long-term foot health and comfort.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your own blood as the treatment. We take a sample, spin it in a centrifuge, and separate out the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood. The PRP is then reinjected into your body at the pain site.
PRP is rich in growth factors, which jumpstart the healing of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation. These factors can help minimize your pain and discomfort as well as allow you to heal faster.
In the past, foot pain has been notoriously hard to treat. But there are many benefits that make PRP treatment a fantastic option for different types of foot pain.
Comparatively, PRP is an extremely safe procedure. This is because it’s minimally invasive and utilizes your own blood as the treatment, which vastly lowers your risk of infection.
PRP utilizes your body’s own natural healing abilities to create better outcomes. The things your body already does to heal after trauma or chronic overuse are supported and increased with this treatment. Many of our patients deeply appreciate this natural aspect of care.
PRP has benefits other pain management treatments don’t. Steroids, for example, manage pain immediately, but they don’t have the healing factors of PRP. In addition, certain other pain medications — like opioids — can be addictive, which PRP is not.
Over time, the healing effects of treatment compound with additional injections. Many patients find four sessions over the course of 6-8 weeks create a world of difference. In addition, PRP sessions make it easier to begin physical therapy or participate in other treatment options.
Do you think PRP could be helpful to your recovery from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, peripheral neuropathy, or another condition associated with foot pain? Then, don’t wait; find out if this option is right for you today.
Call Southwest Foot & Ankle at 480-900-7399 or make an appointment online at your convenience.