Debilitating ankle and foot pain negatively affects everything you do, since moving from point A to point B is by locomotion. There is no need to suffer this discomfort and inconvenience any longer. For acute or chronic issues with feet and ankles, Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic now offers PRP or platelet rich plasma injections in Mill Creek that can be completed in an office visit. PRP supplies welcome relief for weak ankles, ligaments, foot sprains, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or heel pain and strained calves. Dr. Hall has successfully treated more than 100 individuals with PRP and is currently studying its use for chronic joint arthritis.
When the body suffers an injury, it undergoes a precise process to institute mending, known as a healing cascade. The initial week-long period is evident in visible inflammation and redness that encourages the platelets to draw together to heal. The next 2-3 months comprise the reparative phase of curing that includes the expansion of collagen or scar tissue in the damaged area. The last 6 months or so make up the regeneration or remodeling phase, which transforms the wounded tissues and disseminates scar tissue.
On the occasions where an injury is not treated quickly, the healing cascade is interrupted. The body then fails to attempt healing, also known as the quiescent phase. The result is chronic pain in that area of the body.
An injection of platelet rich plasma incites the healing phase again by beginning with inflammation when the platelets are targeted into the damaged tissue. The ultimate goal is total healing.
PRP treatment is simple. After a blood draw, the blood is placed in a centrifuge to split the platelet rich plasma from the whole blood. After numbing the injured area, the plasma is injected into the affected ligament, joint or tendon. To ensure proper healing, the foot is placed in a boot for about a month.
Call Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic at (425)482-6663 for additional information about platelet rich plasma injections in Mill Creek and to make an appointment.