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When treating painful foot and ankle conditions, steroid injections have been a staple for immediate relief.
However, steroid injections can only be given in a certain area a few times, otherwise further damage could occur including tissue atrophy and possible tendon rupture.
Plus, some patients are allergic to certain steroid injection components and cannot receive this type of direct anti-inflammatory.
We now have an alternative to steroid injections. And it all comes from you.
We are now able to perform platelet rich plasma injections, also known as PRP, right in the office.
Platelets contain healing growth factors, and this concentration of platelets used for an injection, can contain FIVE TIMES or more the usual amount of growth factors.
Platelets can decrease inflammation and pain, improve tissue healing (tendons, plantar fascia, ligaments), and increase angiogenesis (formation of new blood supply).
PRP can speed up healing of soft tissues and can have more of a long-term healing effect compared to steroid injections, which do not contribute to tissue healing outside of the anti-inflammatory effect.
PRP has been used for over 20 years for musculoskeletal conditions. It is now more widely used in sports medicine and in athletes to speed up healing and return the athlete to activity more quickly. PRP can be used for acute and chronic conditions including peroneal tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, ankle ligament sprains, and osteoarthritis.