Foot pain is a very heavy burden to live with, and sometimes your feet need a little more care that a comfortable shoe with good arch support can accomplish. It is quite possible that your shoes played a role in exacerbating your foot and heel pain. One of the common conditions that we observe in patients today is a condition known as plantar fasciitis – a condition that occurs on the main supporting structure on the soles of the feet. Whenever there is an increased amount of tension and inflammation in this region, it may be in your favor to seek the opinion of a board certified foot and ankle surgeon to review your options with platelet rich plasma therapy. Fortunately, modern medical technology allows us to treat and repair chronic foot conditions, and this post will help you understand a little more about plantar fasciitis and how PRP therapy can help.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a ligament that is attached to the heel bone at the bottom of each foot, which divides to spread out at each base of the toes of the foot. This structure serves as a protective covering for all the muscles, tendons and blood vessels that run on the bottom of the foot. Without the strength of the plantar fascia, the arch of the foot cannot support the impact that is absorbed while walking or running. Plantar fasciitis, as mentioned before, is inflammation of the ligament that affects the following patients who:
Are on their feet for prolonged time periods throughout the day, especially on hard surfaces
Have excessive pronation: walking with feet pointed inward
Have high arches or flat feet.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma therapy Los Angeles is an alternative treatment for injuries or medical conditions that would normally require surgery or extensive medical procedures. It can also e used as a subsequent treatment for chronic injuries that are unresponsive to surgical treatment.
PRP therapy is a series of injections of platelet rich plasma that is comprised of the patient’s own blood. Therapy typically lasts about an hour at our outpatient facility, where Dr. Jamshidinia will remove about 2 or more ounces of blood, places it in the special centrifugal system to separate the platelets from the other blood cells and withdraw PRP cells for therapy. Once the PRP cells are purified, anesthesia may be applied to the bottom of the foot and then the injection is made in the area where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel.
PRP Therapy Research Proves its Validity
Great quality foot orthotics and proper shoe selection do not always reduce chronic symptoms of foot pain. Many foot doctors in the past have been able to treat chronic plantar fasciitis with cortisone injections or other non-invasive therapy but they are not as effective as PRP therapy has been in recent decades.
According to a study presented to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopedic surgeons reported that PRP therapy showed a great clinical response for plantar fasciitis pain. Traditional cortisone injections were not as sufficient post-operatively as patients reported that pain subsided, but rapidly increased in their follow-up appointments 6 months and 12 months respectively and with an average success score of 58 out of 100; when PRP therapy patients reported that pain was reduced and nearly eliminated at both 6 months and 12 months, with an average success score of 94 out of 100.
Schedule a Consultation for PRP Therapy Los Angeles
PRP therapy is effective in the majority of patients in as little as 48 hours after injections are infused at the injured site. Pain relief increases over time and plantar fasciitis pain will subside within 6 months. If you are experiencing constant pain and inflammation in the soles of your feet then now may be the time to contact our foot and ankle surgeon and discuss your options for platelet rich plasma therapy. Reach our office at (310) 247-9255 and schedule a consultation today.