Oct 28, 2018
Peripheral Artery Disease

Dr. Bill Releford - PRP Injection Therapy for Treating Heel Pain


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PRP Injection Therapy for Treating Heel Pain

Dr. Bill Releford

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain is a commonly observed phenomenon among people of all ages. The most widely observed types of heel pain affect the bottom of the heel. The pain below the heel occurs due to inflammation of plantar fascia which is the tissue extending from toes to the heel. Taking the first steps when getting out of bed can be excruciating.  Cases, where the pain is behind the heel, arise from inflammation of the Achilles tendon which joins the heel to the calf muscles. However, heel pain can also be caused by an array of other medical conditions including bursitis, internal fractures, sprains, arthritis as well as infections.

According to researchers, each mile puts a stress of 60 tons over each foot during a normal walk. As we age, the normal thickness of the fat pads on the bottom of your feet gets thinner, therefore, subjecting our heels to more trauma. Also, gaining as little as 5 pounds can be enough to initiate debilitating heel pain. Wearing shoes without the proper support can be another factor in causing your heels to hurt.

General remedies:

Numerous remedies are suggested for getting rid of heel pain quickly as heel pain generally stops people from doing daily tasks. Resting the affected area is perhaps the best remedy for letting the tissue recover. Other than rest, the use of different exercises and wearing heel pads inside the footwear also helps in alleviating heel pain. Common treatments such as massage, steroid injections, and acupuncture can also be used for treating heel pain but they often prove ineffective and the pain returns after a while, especially in people over 40 years of age.

Patients can also take oral medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents but they come with an array of side effects such as stomach bleeding and possible kidney problems.  Heel pain should not be taken too lightly as ignoring it can lead to tendon or ligament rupture and other major foot problems. As a leading foot and ankle surgeon and the Medical Director of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, my experience has proved that many of the current treatment options are short-lived and usually have adverse effects that sometimes are worse than the heel pain itself. There are other treatment options.

The quick, efficient and natural solution: PRP therapy

A large number of studies have been carried out using the Platelet Rich Plasma for the treatment of heel pain. With lasting relief in over 90 percent cases, more podiatrist have begun to adopt this therapy for successful treatment. PRP is obtained from the blood of the patient (about 2 ounces) and promotes natural healing of the affected area. Once PRP is injected near the damaged tissue, various growth factors begin to work immediately healing damaged tissue and decreasing inflammation. Research has shown that high concentrations of platelet-derived growth factors invoke a rapid healing response which allows the soft tissue to heal at the cellular level.

Best therapy at the best facility:

Under my expert guidance, the researchers at The Releford Ankle and Foot Institute have developed an innovative PRP therapy for the treatment of heel pain. The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute holds several regenerative medicine patents. For more than 30 years, I have provided advanced procedures and therapies to address foot and ankle medical conditions. You don’t have to suffer, just contact us for a consultation.