If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from plantar fasciitis, a new therapy called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is now available as a non-surgical option for pain relief. PRP uses the patient’s own blood to intensify the body’s signal to heal an area that is inflamed such as with plantar fasciitis. Your blood has natural anti-inflammatory agents such as platelets and growth factors that stimulate healing. PRP directly places the anti-inflammatory components of your blood in high concentrations to the problem area, which intensifies the body’s response to heal and repair the injury. Studies have shown PRP can also be used to treat other orthopedic injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains, and ankle arthritis.
The procedure can be performed in the office in approximately 15-30 minutes. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, and the blood is spun down separating it into different components. The platelets, which contain the highest concentration of anti-inflammatory cells, are then re-injected into the affected area stimulating repair and stopping the inflammatory process. Initial pain after the procedure is usually controlled with Tylenol and relief is noted within 3-6 weeks after the procedure.