Living with foot pain is a reality for millions of Americans. This pain can put considerable strain on your day-to-day life, with simple daily tasks becoming uncomfortable experiences. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy along with highly advanced technology to heal your pain in the most efficient way possible. PRP therapy often times omits the need for invasive surgery, leaving patients with minimal post-treatment rehabilitation. PRP therapy houses very little risk, and is effective at healing a wide range of ailments which commonly affect the foot.
Commonly Treated Foot Injuries and Conditions Using PRP Therapy
Feet are one of the most common areas of our body to suffer from injuries and painful conditions. With the constant use and strain we put on them, feet are susceptible to all manner of diverse and undesirable ailments. In fact, according to the US National Health Interview Survey, around 24% of the US population has at least one condition causing them significant foot pain. Foot injuries are bimodal in distribution and are most common among athletes and the older generation. However, in recent years, we have seen an increasing incidence of arthritis developing from a young age, especially if your feet are put under considerable and frequent stress.
At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we have found that PRP therapy is effective in treating a number of common foot conditions, such as arthritis, peroneal tendon tears, ligament sprains and tarsal tunnel syndrome, to name a few. In most cases, foot problems such as these can be easily treated through PRP therapy. We utilize the human body’s natural healing abilities to improve your standard of living and keep you active through individualized treatment.
Commonly treated foot injuries and conditions include:
Peroneal tendon tear or split
Ligament sprain or tear
Benefits of PRP Therapy for Foot Pain
When deciding upon the best course of action to treat your foot pain, it’s important to consider the risks and rehabilitation that may have a dramatic effect on your life. Surgery carries with it several risks, not always allowing you to return to full functionality, even after extensive postoperative rehabilitation.
Unlike surgery, PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that consists of only using your own platelets for healing. There is little risk involved, and the majority of patients return to their normal daily activities directly following the procedure.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Our blood consists of liquid called plasma, along with small components of red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which are very important in the healing process when an injury occurs. Over time, we may begin to lose some of these powerful platelets that are in our body, making it harder for healing to occur. During PRP therapy, a concentrated source of the patient’s own platelets and growth factors are placed in the site of pain in order to promote regeneration in the body.
The PRP Therapy Treatment Process
A consultation with our center is required before being considered for PRP therapy in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your successful outcome is our #1 priority, and since PRP therapy is not for everyone, our highly trained medical team will only provide you with the most effective treatment options for your particular situation.
If our medical team finds that PRP therapy will be an effective treatment option for your specific injury or condition, you will work with our office to discuss any medication and/or supplements you are currently taking. In order to yield long-lasting benefits, we recommend that you refrain from any anti-inflammatory medication 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the procedure. You will not be required to fast from food or beverages before the procedure.
On the day of treatment, your procedure will be performed in one of our beautiful new treatment rooms at our center. PRP Therapy is considered minimally invasive and is done on an outpatient basis.
Treatment begins by obtaining a small amount of your blood. The blood is then placed in a high-spinning centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the components of the blood so that a rich, concentrated source of platelets is obtained. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area of the body that is in need of regeneration. Many patients find the procedure to be completely painless. The entire treatment process takes around 45 to 60 minutes.