PRP and Me: What You Should Know

Platelet-rich plasma, commonly called PRP, is an innovative and cutting-edge therapy that helps accelerate the healing of several common foot and ankle injuries — without surgery. PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that harnesses the body’s natural healing processes to treat a variety of cartilage, tendon, ligament, bone, and muscle injuries. PRP therapy is a form of biologics and orthobiologics.

Our experienced podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, located in Stafford and Lake Ridge, Virginia, offer this advanced therapy to help reduce pain and inflammation for foot and ankle injuries and also in conjunction with surgery to help get you back to an active, pain-free lifestyle. Here’s what you should know about this advanced therapy.

What is PRP, and how does it work?

Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that contains red and white blood cells, proteins, and other substances, including platelets. Platelets help clot your blood and also promote cell growth. 

During PRP therapy, a few small tubes of your blood are drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the protein-rich platelets from the liquid. The platelet-rich plasma product is then injected into the injured area.

This concentrated platelet substance is a natural treatment option, utilizing your own blood to help regenerate cells after injury and also reduce inflammation. Side effects, which include tenderness and redness at the injection site, are minimal because you’re using your body’s natural healing processes in a concentrated form. 

Can PRP help me?

PRP can treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Studies have shown PRP therapy beneficial in reducing symptoms of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, and arthritis. In addition to those conditions, our podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers may use PRP to help with recovery after surgery as well as to treat the following injuries:

It’s important to note that PRP is not an instant fix. As with other treatment options, recovery is usually gradual, taking about eight to 12 weeks for maximum improvement. Additional treatments may be necessary for complex or severe injuries.

After treatment with PRP, it’s important to follow our providers’ recovery suggestions. Attend each follow-up appointment. 

If you’re interested in learning more about PRP and other regenerative medicine therapies, call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers to schedule a consultation today with one of our experienced foot and ankle surgeons. 

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