Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: PRP and Foot Health
At American Foot & Leg Specialists, Jeffrey P. Flash DPM, FACFAS, Loren K. Colon DPM, FACFAS, and all the board-certified podiatric physicians at each location 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 injuries such as achilles tendonitis.
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP
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, our board-certified podiatric pysicians first remove blood from the vein of the 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 & Leg Specialists use PRP therapy to treat both acute and overuse lower leg injuries for their patients in and around Atlanta.
At American Foot & 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. PRP therapy offers patients a nonsurgical method for treating sports injuries and common foot problems.
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.”
You are always welcome at American Foot & Leg. Our highly skilled staff will efficiently take your information and get you into your appointment on time. Our physicians will carefully consider your records during a thorough consultation appointment. You will leave the office with a positive impression and a spring in your step. If you live in South Metro Atlanta or South of Atlanta, you are conveniently located to visit one of our fine locations. Call to make an appointment. We will take good care of you.