Looking to avoid surgery, LaRon Landry opted for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections to help heal his Achilles tendon injury. At the time, Landry was waiting for the heel bone that is connected to the tendon to fully heal so he could participate in the 2012 season opener against the Buffalo Bills. But since the PRP treatment has been working, he was able to head out to the field on opening day and give his team a boost on defense.

Because Landry did not want to undergo surgery, he opted to use the new PRP treatments instead, and it worked out greatly in his favor. If you are considering having surgery done on your feet, speak to a podiatrist, like Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey and see if PRP injections are right for you.

What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up in its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Who needs PRP?

People who suffer from ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and/or acute arthritis can be treated with a PRP injection. This therapy has led to increased foot function and reduced pain. As always, exercise is recommended to help increase success of treatment.

Benefits

One will be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid minimal scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

If you have any questions, please contact our office, which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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