Heel pain is quite possibly the most common foot problem that the general population endures at some point in their life. So why not have several options to choose from when trying to alleviate it. The 2nd part of the heel pain series will be focusing on a combination technique used uniquely at Advanced Podiatry to alleviate heel pain. It combines two components to help repair your heel pain all while using your own regenerative cells. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and Ozone are two tools which we use to facilitate the soft tissue healing of your body. Combining these two techniques helps ensure that we remedy your pain without utilizing countless injections and oral anti-inflammatories (Advil, Tyelenol). Our technique makes use of your very own body to aid in the repair of damaged areas.
Platelet rich plasma or PRP has been used for many years and is a technique that many famous athletes have used to treat their own injuries. The blood is a combination of different components, which are red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are primarily responsible for the clotting of blood but they also contain numerous growth factors which aid in the healing processes of the body. These growth factors can help to heal the chronic pain you are suffering from by regenerating healthy tissue and repairing damaged tissue. The process is quite simple. Blood is drawn from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge where the blood components are separated out and the PRP is harvested. The next step is adding Ozone to the mix.
Ozone is a natural therapeutic agent that has been used for many years. It is a naturally occurring energy rich molecule that has unique properties which allows it to be used as a treatment for many ailments. In heel pain we are using ozone to help in adjunct with PRP to regenerate the soft tissue and repair the damaged. Ozone helps increase metabolic activity of your cells and thereby helps regenerate healthy tissue. This increased metabolism causes a significant increase in the oxygen level of the tissues as well. Another bonus is the increase in circulation which aids in decreasing inflammation to the area and flushing out the damaged cells that are present with chronic injury. Ozone is added to the harvested PRP and deposited into the heel at the site of maximal tenderness. With this combination we are able to effectively treat heel pain without overusing cortisone injections.
At Advanced Podiatry, effectively treating heel pain with natural methods is our specialty but sometimes we have to use slightly more invasive methods to correct a problem. In our final segment of this series we will be discussing Topaz coblation and cryotherapy. Both utilize minimally invasive techniques and are proven methods in treating chronic heel pain. Please check our website regularly for information regarding your foot health.