Platelet-rich plasma injections, also known as PRP injections, use your body’s growth factors to promote healing at the cellular level. Since the treatment uses your blood, there’s no risk of infection or other complications. At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, the team of expert podiatrists uses PRP injections to treat various foot and ankle problems, including Achilles tendon injuries, stress fractures, and bunions. Call the nearest office in Decatur or Roanoke, Texas, to schedule a PRP injection consultation, or book your appointment online today.

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Can PRP injections relieve foot and ankle pain?

The North Central Texas Foot & Ankle team uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat various types of foot and ankle pain caused by:

  • Bunions
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Heel pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hammertoes
  • High arches
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Sports injuries

PRP injections provide a safe and minimally invasive treatment for chronic conditions, including osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

What is in platelet-rich plasma injections?

Platelet-rich plasma injections are a type of homeopathic injection.

Your blood contains microscopic solids, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets help your blood clot, but they also have proteins called growth factors that are essential to healing injuries.

PRP injections isolate these growth factors into a highly concentrated solution. Your provider transfers the PRP solution into several syringes and administers a series of injections into specific places in your feet and ankles.

When the PRP solution enters your bloodstream, it may spur healing at the cellular level. Specifically, it could increase circulation to the treatment site, reduce inflammation, and trigger the growth of new, healthy tissue.

What is the process for getting PRP injections?

Getting PRP injections at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle takes 30-45 minutes on average.

Before recommending PRP injections, your provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and completes a podiatry exam. They also order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an ultrasound, to identify underlying injuries or illnesses.

After identifying the cause of your foot or ankle pain, your provider draws several vials of blood. Then, they place the vials into a centrifuge –– a machine that separates your growth factors (platelets) from the rest of your blood.

Once the highly concentrated PRP solution is ready, your provider transfers it to syringes. They then apply a topical anesthetic to your skin and administer the PRP injections into specific areas.

Are PRP injections painful?

PRP injections are safe and typically well-tolerated. After treatment, it’s normal to have mild swelling and redness at each injection site, but these symptoms should improve within 24 hours. There’s no downtime, so you can return to your routine immediately after your visit.

How many PRP injections will I need?

The number of PRP injections you need depends on several things, including the source of your foot and ankle pain and its severity. Some people experience significant relief after just one treatment, but the North Central Texas Foot & Ankle team typically recommends at least three PRP sessions several weeks apart.

Call the nearest North Central Texas Foot & Ankle office to schedule PRP injections, or book your appointment online today.