If you wake up every morning with stabbing pains in the bottoms of your feet and heels, then what you’re experiencing is likely a condition called plantar fasciitis. There are several treatment options for plantar fasciitis including several stretching techniques, and even medical treatments that ease the inflammation. There are two options when it comes to injections for plantar fasciitis. Prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma injections are both excellent treatments for plantar fasciitis.
Both treatments work to enable the body’s natural healing system to work more effectively. In the case of prolotherapy, an irritant is used to alarm the injured area in order to facilitate the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma treatment, on the other hand, is drawn from the blood itself. Platelets are extracted from the blood via a centrifuge, and then re-injected into the injured area. Plantar fasciitis pains occur in both the heel and the arch of the foot, so for most patients the pain is unmanageable, and they’re seeking treatment to resume their everyday activities.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes
There is a combination of factors that can lead to overloading your plantar fascia, leading to plantar fasciitis. Typically these factors include standing for a long period of time, walking too much, improper footwear with poor arch support, being overweight, and tight calf muscles to name a few. The plantar fascia also occurs frequently in flat footed people, as well as those with higher arches. Both unnatural occurrences are known to cause stress on the plantar fascia due to the patient’s incorrect form when walking.
By reducing the amount of stress on your feet as much as possible, patients can greatly reduce their risk of developing plantar fasciitis again in the future. If the plantar fascia becomes inflamed again after the initial treatment, patients should seek to lessen the amount of strenuous activity while on their feet. Patients should mainly avoid standing on their feet for long periods, improper arch support in their footwear, and becoming overweight.
Do Injections Work For Plantar Fasciitis?
Dr. Koroush Harourian can examine your specific case of plantar fasciitis and determine the best injection route available for your treatment. Injections for plantar fasciitis work, whether it’s platelet-rich plasma treatment or prolotherapy, the podiatrist will determine which is best for your plantar fasciitis case and lifestyle at the time of treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are one of the most effective methods for treating plantar fasciitis today. In this injection for plantar fasciitis, blood is first drawn from the patient, then platelets are extracted and strengthened, before being injected back into the plantar fascia. This injection for plantar fasciitis promotes healing by using the body’s own natural repair signals, in a more concentrated form.
Prolotherapy is the other injection treatment option for plantar fasciitis. Unlike platelet-rich plasma injections, prolotherapy injects a natural irritant into the injury to trigger signals to the brain that jumpstart the body’s healing abilities. Both injections have a similar effect on the body’s natural healing procedure by stimulating the injury. Depending on the severity of the patient’s plantar fasciitis, the best injection method can be determined.
Prolotherapy Vs. Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments
As previously mentioned, prolotherapy is a different type of injection compared to platelet-rich plasma treatments. The injection received from prolotherapy is a dextrose mixture, a natural irritant, designed to stimulate and repair the weakened ligament by injecting the shot straight into the plantar fascia.
The plantar fasciitis condition derives its name from the plantar fascia ligament which is a crucial ligament that runs from the toes to the heel. Any type of undue stress on the plantar fascia can cause over stretching or tearing, which eventually causes the ligament to become weak and inflamed, this is what results in plantar fasciitis.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
Prolotherapy is a simple injection that contains an irritant, normally a solution consisting of dextrose. This prolotherapy treatment is done in order to engage the body’s natural healing. After the injection, the body will begin the process of repair and strengthening that occurs, and the damaged ligaments of the plantar fascia will begin to heal. As these ligaments are strengthened, the joints and surrounding area will begin to stabilize again.
As soon as the joint is receiving proper support over time, the pain coming from the plantar fascia will begin to subside. Prolotherapy is done over the time period of 3 to 6 months, typically with 4 to 15 shots per prolotherapy session. The shots must be done directly into the injured area, facilitating the weakened ligament’s repair.
Benefits & Side Effects of Prolotherapy
The side effects of prolotherapy are limited, are there are very few if any side effects reported at all. Like any injection-based treatment, there is a risk for infection at the injured site. However, this is a risk from any type of injection and only leads to temporary uncomfortableness, swelling, and soreness. The benefits of prolotherapy have been studied extensively, and the treatment is highly effective for most cases of plantar fasciitis. After a few treatment sessions, patients will begin to experience full recovery of their plantar fascia, with pain starting to disappear completely.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
There are plenty of treatments to try on your own before consulting with a foot and ankle specialist. These treatment options range from orthotics, new shoes, special stretches, and shaking up your normal routine to relieve stress on your feet.
- Supportive shoe wear
- Perform calf stretching exercises
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Change your usual routine
- Try ice on the affected area
After trying a combination of the above treatments, if your symptoms worsen or remain steadily uncomfortable then seeking injections for plantar fasciitis is suggestible. Prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma injections, used in conjunction with homeopathic remedies can heal your plantar fasciitis completely in just a few weeks.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Whether it’s prolotherapy or platelet-rich plasma injection, Dr. Koroush Harourian can determine the best course of action to take in order to alleviate your plantar fasciitis pains. Living with plantar fasciitis is extremely painful because it’s involved in so many daily activities. This injury can be completely limiting to your lifestyle, leading to even more pain as you become more and more inactive.
If you have plantar fasciitis in Los Angeles then we can treat your pains using prolotherapy, or platelet-rich plasma injections today. After the simple procedure, the pain should subside and you’ll be able to become active again. Take a moment now to schedule a plantar fasciitis treatment session in Los Angeles to remedy this common foot pain.