Platelet Rich Plasma, Regenerative Medicine for the Foot and Ankle

The Basic Science of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelets are basic cells in our bodies that produce special proteins called growth factors.  These growth factors are responsible for healing damage to tissues and wounds and clotting.  When there is an injury to part of the body the platelets will rush to the area of injury to begin the healing process.  This is part of what is called inflammation.

This is true for a new or what is called “acute” injury.  In cases of long standing injury or “chronic” injury, there is less inflammation and a low concentration of platelets around the site of injury.  In effect, the injury is not being aided by healing factors because it is now an “old” injury. Learn how we can help you with achilles tendinosis treatment.

Platelet Rich Plasma Foot and Ankle Uses:

  • Chronic Plantar Fascitis
  • Chronic Achilles Tendinosis
  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Chronic Tendon Tears
  • Chronic Wounds

The idea behind injections of Platelets Rich Plasma is to purposefully introduce an increased concentration of the patient’s own platelets into the site of injury.  Once there are more platelets around the area, there are then more healing factors in the area, creating an environment that can promote healing.

Additionally, the simple act of the needle being introduced several times into the site of injury will stimulate and injure the tissue.  The body will think this area is now a new injury.  Effectively we are taking and old chronic injury and changing it to a new acute injury, while at the same time introducing even more platelets.

Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure, How it’s Done

The process of acquiring the platelets is simple.  Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, in the same way one gives blood at the family doctor’s office. The patient’s blood is then spun down in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelets from the rest of the cells in the blood.  The high concentration of platelets is now collected in a syringe ready to be injected into the site of injury.

  • Those patients that have failed conservative therapies are good candidates for platelet rich plasma injections.
  • These injections are a midway approach to trying solve chronic injuries between conservative care and having to perform surgery.

The Pros of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

  • Minimal Pain
  • Low Risk
  • Increased healing
  • No rejection by using patient’s own blood
  • No anesthesia needed
  • No incision needed
  • In office procedure
  • Used in Chronic injuries

University Foot and Ankle Institute of California is proud to be a world leader in platelet rich plasma therapy for the foot and ankle. From plantar fascitis and Achilles problems to wound care, platelet rich plasma therapy has been a great addition to our practice and our treatment protocols.  For more information please visit our website or call 877-989-9110 to find a foot surgeon near you. Our advanced foot surgery techniques can help you recover from chronic acute achilles tendonitis.

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Dr. Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Bob Baravarian is a Board Certified Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist. He is currently a member of UCLA Medical Group, Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Santa Monica/UCLA medical center and Orthopedic Hospital and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He also serves as co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute. He is Editor Emeritus of the international medical journal, Foot and Ankle Specialist.

Dr. Baravarian has been involved in athletics his entire life and played competitive tennis in high school and college. He has an interest in sports medicine, arthritis therapy and trauma/reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. He servers as a consultant to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour, multiple running organizations and several shoe manufacturers. He is also fluent in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Farsi and Hebrew),

Podiatrist Dr. Bob Baravarian is available for consultation at the Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks and UCLA Westwood offices.
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