Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: PRP and Foot Health
At American Foot and Leg Specialists, we are committed to using the most advanced technology and therapies available to treat our patients’ injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. Platelet rich plasma therapy offers patients in and around Atlanta a non surgical method for treating sports injuries and other common foot problems such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles injuries such as tendonitis.
Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP)
For humans, blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood that transports cells and contains a protein that catches platelets at the site of a wound or injury to begin clotting. Platelets are responsible for maintaining stability within the body by restoring the blood supply to an area after an injury and constructing new connective tissue. Normal blood contains 93% red blood cells, 6% platelets, and 1% white blood cells. In contrast, PRP contains 94% platelets, 5% red blood cells. Thus, doctors believe that injecting a concentrated solution of platelet rich plasma can help spur the body’s natural healing process for soft tissue and tendons.
To perform the PRP procedure, doctors first remove blood from the vein of patient. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge in order to separate it into red blood cells, platelet poor plasma, and platelet rich plasma. The red blood cells and platelet poor plasma are extracted and discarded. The platelet rich plasma is then shaken to redistribute the platelets within the plasma. Finally, using an ultrasound machine to guide a needle to the injured area of the foot or ankle, doctors inject the platelet rich plasma solution.
Growth factors and proteins within the platelets then help promote healing in the injured foot ankle. Our physicians at American Foot and Leg Specialists use PRP therapy to treat both acute and overuse lower leg injuries for their patients in and around Atlanta.
At American Foot and Leg Specialists, we are committed to using the most advanced technology and therapies available to treat our patients’ injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. Platelet rich plasma therapy offers patients a non surgical method for treating sports injuries and other common foot problems such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles injuries such as tendonitis.
Look What Our Patients Are Saying About PRP Therapy:
“Now walking without pain & exercising regularly. Even doing ZUMBA!”
“Some pain when I first wake up in the morning, however pain is almost non-existent in comparison before ….PRP! Thank You Dr. Loren & Staff!”
“Since the procedure I have had no pain in my feet. I can walk fine no matter what I’m doing. So glad I had this done. I have told lots of people w/same problem about it.”