Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is your own concentrated platelets, which contains a large number growth factors that help to stimulate healing. PRP contains three to five times the concentration of growth factors compared to normal human blood. PRP is injected into or around an injured or inflamed area of the foot or ankle to relieve symptoms, enhance recovery, and create actual healing. It may also reduce the need for medication or surgery.
Around the foot and ankle, PRP is used for treatment of tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, ankle ligament injuries, and osteoarthritis. The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they should have no reaction to. There is no risk of cross-reactivity, immune reaction, or disease transmission. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure, then usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening program.