A foot injury is not only painful, but it can also have a major impact on your daily activities. It clearly makes walking, a basic function in a place like New York City, especially difficult. But it also may prevent you from exercising, keeping up with your home chores, and taking care of yourself and your everyday needs.
City Podiatry in New York City deals with all issues and injuries concerning your feet. Our caring providers help treat a range of conditions, from flat feet to sprains and strains to emergency foot care. In addition to traditional approaches, our team of foot specialists embraces alternative and minimally invasive procedures.
One of these, called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, is a highly effective solution for many kinds of foot and ankle injuries. PRP therapy is a great alternative to surgery, and it can also act as a supplemental treatment before and after your surgical procedure.
A short explanation of PRP
PRP uses your body’s own plasma, which has more concentrated platelets than what’s normally found in blood. The process involves taking a small amount of your blood, placing it in a centrifuge, and then spinning it at high speeds until it becomes highly concentrated. After about 15 minutes, the mixture is then injected back into the area of your injury.
Since PRP comes from your own blood, your body most likely will have no problems with the treatment. The process is easy and relatively painless, and we’ll apply a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable. We may also use an ultrasound to be more precise with the injection.
You can repeat your PRP session every two weeks, and most people need no more than three injections. If it’s done in conjunction with surgery, you’ll only have one PRP injection.
Foot and ankle injuries that benefit from PRP
If you’re suffering from tendon, ligament, or soft tissue issues in your foot or ankle, PRP therapy offers many benefits. It’s especially helpful for Achilles tendonitis, tendinosis in other areas of the foot, and plantar fasciosis.
Most people know about the procedure because of the famous athletes who’ve had it done, like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, and Alex Rodriguez. While they may not have had the procedure done on their feet, the process is the same.
What makes PRP therapy so effective is that it jumpstarts healing and stimulates an anti-inflammatory response in your body, making it ideal for those suffering from chronic injuries.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from this amazing treatment. Whether you injured yourself in a weekend tennis match or in an accidental fall, PRP therapy offers much needed relief for muscle pains, pulls, and sprains, as well as the previously mentioned tendon and ligament injuries. It’s also used post-surgery to help tissues heal.
One of our providers will assess your injury and determine if PRP is the right course of action for you. Based on your individual situation, condition, or injury, we’ll also tell you how quickly you should feel relief after the treatment.
Whatever your foot problems are, City Podiatry offers both traditional and innovative alternative treatments to get you back on your (pain-free) feet as soon as possible. Call us or use the Request Appointment button on our website to get started today.