Common Foot Problems:
- Heel spurs
- Ingrown Toenails
- Foot Injuries
- Plantar Fascitis
- Flat feet
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
What Is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and is a non-invasive procedure to treat chronic foot pain. This simple procedure involves the application of concentrated platelets to the chronic painful areas of the foot and ankle, which release growth factors to stimulate recovery in non-healing injuries.
PRP causes a mass influx of growth factors, such as platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor and others, which exert their effects of fibroblasts causing proliferation and thereby accelerating the regeneration of injured tissues.
Specifically PRP enhances the fibroblastic events involved in tissue healing including chemotaxis, proliferation of cells, proteosynthesis, reparation, extra-cellular matrix deposition, and the remodeling of tissues.
How is PRP Done?
PRP is done in three simple steps:
- PRP is done by taking blood from the patient.
- Blood is centrifuged separating the platelets from the plasma.
- Injecting the plasma into the painful area.
Typically patients are seen every four to six weeks like any other Prolotherapy patient. Generally two to six visits are necessary per area.
Where is PRP Used?
PRP is used for tendinopathy, tendinosis, plantar fascitis, chronic tendonitis, Chronic and acute foot/ankle pain, acute and chronic muscle strain, muscle fibrosis, ligamentous sprains and joint capsular laxity.
PRP has also been utilized to treat intra-articular injuries. Examples include arthritis, arthrofibrosis, articular cartilage defects, meniscal injury, and chronic synovitis or joint inflammation. PRP has been used successfully to enhance surgical outcomes in maxillofacial, cosmetic, spine, orthopedic, and podiatric surgery.
In regard to its use today, you will see that the majority of doctors using it apply it onto their current knowledge-base of Prolotherapy. In other words, the doctors doing PRP are using it as a proliferant, much like they use other solutions in Prolotherapy.
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