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PRP Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is fast becoming the go-to alternative to addictive narcotics and invasive surgery for treating a wide range of joint and soft tissue conditions. PRP injections for foot pain enable a regenerative process to help you out of pain and to enhance your body’s natural healing. It’s offered at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey, just a half hour from NYC. A full-service practice run by Dr. Velimir Petkov, a highly trained and experienced podiatrist, Premier Podiatry provides access to the latest techniques in foot care. Visit them for PRP injections that can successfully treat many foot and ankle pain conditions.

Foot pain and ankle pain not only slow you down, but they can have a permanent effect on your lifestyle and your overall health. Your highly regarded podiatrist at Premier Podiatry offers a wide range of treatments for every kind of foot problem you may encounter, from Achilles tendonitis and arthritis to athlete’s foot and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Velimir Petkov relies on state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and treatment techniques to get you back on your feet so you can maintain your quality of life. While some foot issues may require minimally invasive surgery or respond well to prescription orthotics, other conditions may best be treated with the latest natural treatment: PRP injections.

What Is PRP Treatment for Foot Pain?

Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is a therapeutic protocol that involves using your blood plasma and platelets to activate your body’s own healing process. It’s a form of regenerative medicine that’s gaining popularity because of the low risk involved in the treatments and the high rate of success it achieves.

After taking a few tubes of your own blood, Dr. Petkov runs it through a centrifuge that separates the platelets, which are the blood cells responsible for healing and clotting. Your platelets then are injected into those areas of your feet and ankles that are giving you problems. PRP injections speed up your natural healing process, particularly in your tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints.

Conditions Treated with PRP Injections

Soft tissue injuries and degenerative conditions respond well to PRP treatment for foot pain. Common ankle and foot pain that can be treated with PRP injections include:

  • Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition that affects the back of your ankle. It’s difficult to treat with more traditional modalities. PRP for ankle pain caused by a damaged Achilles tendon is one of the more popular uses of the new technique.
  • Plantar fasciitis is a wear-and-tear and stress condition that causes pain in your heel and foot. With PRP treatment for foot pain, you may be able to postpone or even skip plantar fasciitis surgery.
  • Osteoarthritis in the ankles is another wear-and-tear condition that’s difficult to treat. It occurs most often in older adults. PRP for ankle arthritis pain may work as well as it does for hip and knee pain, which has a proven track record of success.
  • Stress fractures and sprains are painful conditions that sometimes take months to heal. PRP injections for ankle sprains and hairline fractures accelerate bone regeneration for quicker healing.
  • Gout is a form of arthritis. It causes crystals to form in your joints that can be extremely painful. PRP injections for gout require very specific knowledge of the treatment. Your New Jersey podiatrist has the knowledge and experience to perform PRP injections for gout.


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Benefits of PRP Injections for Ankles and Feet

Like most medical treatments, there are some minor risks associated with PRP treatment for foot pain, but you can mitigate those risks by relying on the training and experience of a podiatrist like Dr. Petkov. He and his team at Premier Podiatry offer you the best care and the safest procedures. The benefits of PRP injections include:

  • PRP is all-natural. You aren’t subjected to chemicals or substances that could lead to allergies or side effects.
  • The need for opioids and other habit-forming pain medication is reduced or even eliminated.
    The injections work well with other complementary treatments such as orthotics and lifestyle changes.
  • Doctors have been using PRP injections to treat a wide range of conditions since 1987, leading to significant success rates in pain reduction and cures.
  • It’s estimated that more than 86,000 athletes receive PRP injections each year, allowing them to continue playing with minimal downtime.

On the other side, PRP injections may or may not be covered by your insurance company — you should check your individual policy’s coverage. Premier Podiatry accepts a wide range of insurance, as well as payments through Care Credit. Additionally, your patient care coordinator works with you to devise affordable, flexible payment plans to suit your budget, if necessary. Contact the experts at Premier Podiatry today to take advantage of the freedom from pain you can get with an all-natural PRP treatment for your foot and ankle issues.

PRP Injections Q & A

How does platelet-rich plasma work?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) involves extracting your body’s own powerful growth factor proteins — which are attached to platelets — and strategically injecting them into targeted areas. During your PRP injection session, your practitioner draws a small amount of your blood and deposits it into a specialized blood-processing machine known as a centrifuge.

The centrifuge spins your blood, which isolates and concentrates the platelets, and thus, growth factors. This growth factor-enriched solution gets mixed back in with some of your plasma and is then ready to be injected into your injured or damaged tissue.

As soon as PRP is injected, growth factors go to work and start building and healing targeted tissues. The result is decreased pain and inflammation, all without needing an invasive procedure or daily medications.

What can platelet-rich plasma treat?

Platelet-rich plasma injections are beneficial for healing a realm of orthopedic conditions and injuries. You may benefit from PRP treatments if you have:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Muscle injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains or strains

In some cases, Dr. Petkov may recommend PRP injections to help speed up your recovery after surgery. For instance, if you needed a procedure to repair a torn tendon or ligament in your ankle, PRP injections can be beneficial afterward to decrease pain and inflammation.

When will I have results after platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma doesn’t work overnight, but rest assured, those growth factors are on the job stimulating your healing process. For the first week or two after your PRP injections at Premier Podiatry, you might experience a slightly elevated level of pain and inflammation. This is normal and just a sign that the treatment is working.

You should start noticing an improvement in your pain level after the first 2-3 weeks, with continuing improvement each day thereafter. It can take up to 6-8 weeks to experience a dramatic improvement.

While most men and women do very well with a single PRP injection session, Dr. Petkov might suggest getting a series of 2-3 treatments for optimal results.

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