The foot is a particularly bothersome place for chronic pain. In fact, chronic pain in the foot may impact your ability to walk or stand comfortably. If you’re an athlete and don’t have a solution for your chronic foot pain, you can say goodbye to the speed and agility you once enjoyed.
Among a range of podiatry services, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana, has an injection clinic that provides platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections using state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging guidance. Our expert orthopedists John Pomponi, DO, FAAOS, FAAHKS, Michael Lacey, DPM, and Jonathan Javors, DO, DLaws, MBA, FAOAO, FACOS, FAAHKS, frequently recommend PRP injections for their regenerative abilities in orthopedics. Our practice serves the Northwest Indiana area, including Munster, Crown Point, St. John, and Dyer.
Here’s why PRP from your own blood is an excellent choice for treating chronic foot pain.
Platelet-rich plasma is a product from your blood that your physician derives using a centrifuge. After spinning in the centrifuge, your blood sample separates into distinct layers containing specific cell types.
PRP contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors, which both cooperate in the natural tissue healing process. When injected with ultrasound guidance to treat chronic foot pain, these components encourage the growth of new, healthy, and functional tissue in the damaged region.
The ultrasound imaging test ensures the PRP goes where needed and the needle doesn’t damage any nearby tissues. After your injections, you may notice a significant reduction in pain and improved walking abilities.
Because PRP injections aid in healing and pain relief, you can expect to take fewer pharmaceutical medications to manage your foot pain. That includes milder medications you can get at the store, like anti-inflammatories.
Other treatments, like physical therapy, continue to benefit you as you recover from osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions that cause chronic foot pain.
A common concern with various injections is that you could experience an adverse reaction from a medication or product. PRP does not pose a risk. Because the PRP comes from a processed sample of your own blood, your body will not reject it.
Blood from another person could transmit hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other infections. PRP does not pose this risk because you cannot transmit these infections to yourself. Our team might recommend blood testing before your treatment so we can make sure you don’t have any diseases that could impact the effectiveness or safety of the treatment.
If you’re ready for a new approach to managing chronic foot pain, look no further than PRP treatment at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants. Schedule your consultation over the phone or online today.