Pain in any part of the body is unpleasant but it is particularly difficult to complete everyday tasks when the discomfort is located in the foot or ankle. Moving around is problematic when you have a sprained foot, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, wobbly ankles or a calf muscle strain. Whether this injury happened years ago or yesterday, Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic is able to effectively dispatch the issue swiftly. Platelet rich plasma injections in Renton are a relatively new treatment option for these foot and ankle issues and are easily addressed in only a single appointment. Dr. Hall has treated more than 100 individuals with this therapy and is now examining its promising use on arthritis of the joints.
An innate process called a healing cascade ensues in 3 stages when the body is injured. For the first week, blood coagulates in the damaged tissue, causing swelling and redness and is recognized as the inflammatory phase. Over the next 2-3 months, scar tissue and collagen form in the wound. The final 6 months, called the reparation or restoration phase, involves rebuilding damaged tissue and eliminating scar tissue build-up.
If an injury is not treated properly, the healing cascade stops without completing the entire sequence. Known as the quiescent phase, damaged tissues are left unrepaired, leaving continuous pain and a wound that never totally heals.
When platelet rich plasma is introduced into the damaged tissue, the healing cascade begins again and full restoration can take place.
Platelet rich plasma treatment is quite clear-cut. A vial of blood is obtained from the arm and placed in a centrifuge to separate whole blood from platelet rich plasma. An anesthetic is applied to the ankle or foot and PRP injected right into the injury. To make certain that every precaution is taken for total healing, the foot and ankle are restrained in a boot for about a month.
Call (425)482-6663 for additional information about platelet rich plasma injections in Renton or to schedule an appointment with Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic.