Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for Plantar Fasciitis

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for Plantar Fasciitis

PRP treatment works by utilizing the body’s own natural healing system. Blood is taken from the patient and spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. The platelets are strengthened in this way to accelerate the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma injections can heal injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. The injection of platelet-rich plasma has been proven to increase numerous growth factors in the body around the site of injection. When introduced to the body PRP aids in the regrowth of tendon and ligament injuries, and muscles contusions.

Combined with rest, icing, and stretching, PRP injections speed up the recovery time from plantar fasciitis and patients can expect to return to a normal daily schedule on their feet after only a few weeks, with a full recovery within 3 months.

Plantar Fasciitis symptoms include:

  • Overall foot pain
  • Heel pain
  • Stiffness and tenderness on the bottom of the feet

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with PRP

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most commonly known causes of heel pain in patients. The discomfort is caused by an inflamed tissue located on the thick band of tissues running along the bottom of the foot. This thick band connects from your toes, all the way to your heal. This painful inflamed condition is known as plantar fasciitis.

As you move throughout your day, the pain from plantar fasciitis will lessen as the area is stretched out and warmed up. However the stabbing nature of these heel pains cause many patients to seek treatment, and PRP injections are an excellent method.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by too much stress being put on the supporting arch of your foot. This can cause tears to occur in what is known as the plantar fascia tendon. Repetitive movement, stress, improper stretching, and actual tearing can cause severe inflammation of the plantar fascia. Occasionally, plantar fasciitis can occur even without a clear cause, but it’s mostly linked to patients who are on their feet all day long at work.

By wearing optimal footwear, using orthopedic inserts, and sticking to a rest schedule that includes daily icing, patients can start to reverse the inflammation that has occurred.

Homeopathic Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis

Before we take a look at PRP injections for plantar fasciitis, there are a handful of all-natural treatment options that patients can try on there own. It’s important to note that these are also great treatment options to perform in conjunction with PRP treatments. • Resting your feet more frequently • Daily plantar fascia stretching exercises – if you put in the work, you’ll inevitably get results. The same is true for your plantar fasciitis heel pain. By relieving your • Specialized orthotic inserts – heal seats have been shown to resolve heel pain commonly brought on by plantar fasciitis.

Heal seat inserts work by realigning the ligament that is causing pain while cushioning the heel to deliver By providing your heel with relief in this way, you stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal your plantar fasciitis. In the majority of cases, plantar fasciitis can be healed with these three methods, however, this is a process that can take several weeks of daily dedication. These methods, when implemented with PRP, are an excellent way to end plantar fasciitis pain for good.

How Long Does It Take For Plantar Fasciitis To Go Away?

Typically it takes 3 to 6 months to completely recover from plantar fasciitis and return back to normal exercises and work routines. However most patients feel better within a few weeks of receiving PRP injections for plantar fasciitis because of the accelerated healing process. Platelet-rich plasma treatments work especially well to aid in the body’s natural healing process in order to stimulate recovery in patients.

Plantar fasciitis relief is possible with only a few simple injections, surgery is reserved for particularly bad cases only. Some patients may find relief from plantar fasciitis just by stretching, icing, and generally nurturing of the affected area.

Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis

There are surgical options for plantar fasciitis, but it’s usually only administered as a last resort when dealing with heel pain. If platelet-rich plasma injections are an effective alternative treatment option because your plantar fasciitis is so severe, then surgery is possible.

The surgical procedure for plantar fasciitis is known as “Plantar Fascia Release Surgery” but for many patients PRP treatment is effective enough. During the plantar fascia release surgery. the plantar fascia ligament is unconnected from the heel and any spurs that are present get removed. Surgery is only necessary for about 5% of plantar fasciitis cases.

Recovery from plantar fascia release surgery typically takes anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, however patients will have to wait 3 months in order to reengage in high impact physical activities like running. Like we’ve mentioned, podiatrists can treat over 95% of plantar fascia cases with treatments like PRP injections, heel stretching exercises, and daily rest periods with icing.

Is PRP painful?

PRP is no more painful than any other injections beneath the skin. As with any injection or procedure, the potential for side effects does exist. However, it’s usually just in the form of mild irritation or tenderness around the injection area. The best part about PRP injections is that it treats plantar Fasciitis pain without all of the associated risks of surgery. PRP therapy can be performed in about an hour, and most patients can return to their usual work, or job right after the appointment has gained considerable relief from heel pain with no side effects.

PRP treatment is used for many other ailments besides plantar fasciitis, PRP is most commonly used to treat:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Extensor Tendonitis
  • Ankle ligament injuries and Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Can Plantar Fasciitis Get Worse?

If you don’t seek any treatment for your plantar fasciitis, or attempt any home remedies, then it’s likely your plantar fasciitis will get worse without any change to your daily routine. Because plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band that connects your toes to your heels, continuing on without stretching, or using your feet less, will just exacerbate the inflamed area.

Plantar fasciitis requires rest and proper treatment in order to fully recover. If lifestyle choices are to blame for the injury, then injections for plantar fasciitis may not be enough. Straining the tendons of the plantar fascia any more will just lead to injuring the plantar fascia again over time.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Dr. Kourosh can effectively diagnose and treat your plantar fasciitis using PRP injections. Stop living with chronic plantar fasciitis, and start receiving PRP for plantar fasciitis treatment. Dr. Kourosh, the Los Angeles foot doctor can treat your plantar fasciitis pain with platelet-rich plasma injections. After the brief injections, the pain should subside and you’ll be able to resume normal activity after a short rest. Take a moment now to schedule an appointment to receive PRP injections for plantar fasciitis in Los Angeles today.

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As a highly experienced and trained foot doctor based out of Los Angeles who is actively involved in research I try to utilize the most recent information and technology in clinical application to all of my podiatry patients for all ages.
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