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What Is a Platelet Rich Plasma Injection? How Can It Help Heal My Foot Injury?

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Chronic foot or ankle pain and the associated loss of mobility are at best, frustrating and at worst, debilitating. When therapy options are steroids, pain medication/ opioids, or surgery, it is easy to put off treatment and decide to grit your teeth and walk it off. But there are remedy options for many foot and ankle injuries that are 100%natural, non-surgical, with little to no known risks. Platelet-rich Plasma and Stem Cell injections can promote healing, eliminate pain, and get you back on your feet.

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Platelet-rich Plasma and Stem Cell Injections are a safe and natural way to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions. To Healthy Feet Podiatry is highly qualified and experienced in offering this advanced treatment option for our Downtown or Midtown Manhattan clients struggling with pain and loss of mobility due to unresolved injuries.

What is It

Plasma is the liquid portion of blood composed mostly of water and protein. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced by a patient’s own blood. It concentrates one component of blood, platelets, which are critical for blood clotting. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has higher levels of platelets, proteins, and other substances than typical blood plasma does. Injecting these cells into your injured foot or ankle can reduce pain and promote healing.

How Does it Work

Platelet-rich Plasma: Your doctor will collect a blood sample from you and separate the components of your sample with a centrifuge. The sample of highly concentrated platelets will be re-injected into the site of the injury or pain.
Stem Cell: These cells are harvested from bone marrow or fat tissue and can be used to treat damage in cartilage, bone, and skeletal tissue.

How Can it Help

These injected cells stimulate the body to produce higher levels of the factors used in the healing process. These factors support tissue regeneration and repair and accelerate recovery. PRP/ Stem Cell Injections can be used to treat:

  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Fasciosis
  • Tendinosis
  • Pulled muscles
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Ankle ligament injuries
  • Injuries or pain after foot or ankle surgery

Benefits and Cautions

There are many benefits to PRP/Stem Cell therapy:

  • Significant reduction of pain
  • Improved function 
  • Reduction of the need for anti-inflammatories, steroids, and opioids
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster recovery and healing times
  • Minimally invasive and non-surgical
  • 100% natural

And because this therapy uses the patient's own blood sample, there are virtually no side effects.

Do not let chronic pain keep you from living your best life. If you wish to explore Platelet-rich Plasma or Stem Cell Injections as a treatment option for your foot or ankle injury, connect with our  New York foot doctors in-office at our Downtown or Midtown Manhattan locations or with a virtual consultation. Contact our office or book online and see first-hand the benefits of PRP and Stem Cell Injections.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How long does it last? 

Each patient will experience healing differently and longevity of treatment is determined by several factors. Our team can let you know what you can expect depending on your injury and treatment plan.

Are PRP Injections painful?

Generally speaking, PRP injections are not painful. But depending on the site of treatment you may experience some discomfort at the time of injection and possibly some slight tenderness after.

Is this safe?

Plasma-rich Platelet and Stem Cell Injections are very safe. Because the injection sample is harvested directly from the patients, this treatment is 100% natural and minimally invasive with a very low risk of infection.

 

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