Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injection For The Foot And Ankle
Plasma is a clear fluid that makes up your blood. It carries red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets in particular help your blood clot. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are essential in the healing of injuries and help your body make new cells.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance made of concentrated plasma with higher levels of platelets. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.
PRP can be injected into a diseased or injured foot or ankle to help your cells heal faster. This may help your body do a better job of recovering from certain injuries or conditions.
What To Expect From Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injections For The Foot And Ankle
PRP is produced from a person’s own blood. During a treatment, we draw a small vial of blood from a vein in your body, typically your arm. The whole blood is then placed into a machine called a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. As the vial spins, the blood inside it separates into different layers of red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. Platelet-rich plasma can then be extracted before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a foot or ankle tendon, ligament or joint.
PRP is given to patients through an injection. You likely won’t experience many side effects from a PRP injection. That’s because it’s made from your own blood. After you have the injection, you need to rest for a few days. We advise our patients to avoid heavy standing or high impact exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program. We may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the area where you had the injection. There are times we advise patients to wear a medical cast boot or brace on your foot or ankle for a short duration after the injection. This keeps it stable while it begins to heal. We will advise you on how long this may need to be used. Dr. John will create a customized treatment plan for you after the PRP injection.
Common Foot And Ankle Conditions For PRP Treatment
PRPs can be helpful for treating a variety of Foot and Ankle conditions. Common conditions that a PRP injection may be used to treat include:
Ankle and Foot Sprains
Ankle ligament injuries
Fasciosis (chronic fascia condition)
Acute Tendon injuries
Tendinosis (chronic tendon condition)
Pulled or torn muscles
Injuries or pain you experience after foot or ankle surgery
We encourage you to call us for a consultation visit. This would allow us to assess your condition and advise you whether PRP therapy is right for you. Give us a call at 512.399.5711.
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