Biologics

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

Biologics are cutting-edge solutions for improving healing and resolving inflammation without the need for medications or surgery. At Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, you can get customized platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or amniotic injections right in the office in Lake Ridge or Stafford, Virginia. Learn more about how biologic treatments can help you by booking an exam either online or over the phone with the office nearest you.

Biologics Q & A

How do biologics work?

Biologics are regenerative treatments designed to give your body’s natural healing processes a nudge, so you can recover faster and more efficiently. Some of the most effective types of biologics treatments include:

Platelet-rich plasma

Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, begins with processing some of your own blood in a centrifuge. This spins your blood, forcing platelets to separate from other blood components.

After processing your blood, which takes about 10 minutes, your practitioner injects your PRP into injured or inflamed areas. Powerful growth factors that are attached to platelets get to work stimulating a cascade of healing events to encourage cell turnover, promote tissue development, and decrease inflammation.

Amniotic injections

Amniotic injections are derived from donor amniotic sac or placenta fluid. This fluid, which is harvested right after birth, is sterilized and processed into a concentrated solution that contains growth factors, anti-inflammatory proteins, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and more.

When injected into injured tissue, these amniotic components work together to repair and rebuild tissue, so you can return to 100% (or better) as quickly and painlessly as possible.

What can biologics treat?

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers provide biologics treatment packages that are entirely tailored to your unique diagnosis. Your dedicated podiatrist could recommend biologics if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Strains or sprains
  • Diabetic foot ulcers

Biologics, including PRP and amniotic injections, can also be included as part of your postoperative recovery plan to reduce pain and inflammation while you heal.

When do biologics start working?

As powerful and beneficial as biologic treatments can be, it takes time for your body to heal and for inflammation to subside. Initially, you might experience an increase in pain or swelling after your PRP or amniotic injections.

These are completely normal side effects due to the irritation from needles and the increase in blood circulation to the injured area. But after a couple of weeks, you should start noticing gradual improvements in your symptoms.

It’s common to have a more dramatic improvement in your treated area within 8-12 weeks. If you have a more complex injury or are continuing to experience pain, your Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers podiatrist could recommend additional biologic treatments.

Schedule your biologics evaluation at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers directly through the website. You can also call either clinic to speak with a team member.

Individual results may vary.