Sports injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, can cause foot pain that keeps you from your favorite activities. The expert podiatry team at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. offers the most advanced treatments, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, at their locations in West Islip and Hicksville, New York. To discover the healing benefits of PRP therapy for foot and ankle injuries, call or book an appointment online.
Platelet-rich plasma is a concentrated solution of platelets from your own blood. These platelets contain a high concentration of growth factors that promote healing. This treatment stimulates tissue regeneration in your tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone, making it a beneficial therapy for many sports injuries.
Not only can PRP accelerate your body’s natural healing process, but it may even reduce the need for medications and surgery. Because the PRP comes from your own body, there’s a very low risk for complications.
Dr. Landy and his team use PRP injections to treat tendon and ligament injuries in your foot and ankle. Common foot and ankle injuries include Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
These common conditions are difficult to treat, but orthopedic research shows that PRP therapy is effective at reducing pain even in severe cases of plantar fasciitis.
First, Dr. Landy or a member of his team will thoroughly examine your foot and ankle. They may ask questions about your symptoms and medical history and take an in-office X-ray.
To obtain the platelet-rich plasma, they’ll first take a small vial of blood, usually from your arm. Then, they’ll process the blood to separate the PRP from the rest of your blood’s components. After processing, your PRP will contain 3-5 times more growth factors than your regular blood.
Dr. Landy or a member of his team will then inject the PRP into the injured area. They may use image guidance from an X-ray or ultrasound to ensure delivery to the correct location.
You may experience mild soreness after a PRP injection, but this should fade within a week. Most people notice improved symptoms within a few weeks, and the improvements normally continue over the following few months. The number of injections you require will depend on your condition, but you may receive up to three PRP injections within a six-month period.
To find out if PRP therapy is right for you, call Robert J. Landy, D.P.M., or book an appointment online today.