Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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How does PRP therapy work?
The theory behind PRP therapy is that it provides extra of what your body needs at the site of an injury to repair cells or help grow new ones. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is your own blood that is processed aseptically to concentrate the number of platelets in a small amount of plasma. These platelets contain proteins and growth factors that stimulate your natural healing process when they are injected into damaged tissues.
PRP is often used for heel pain from Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis, but the improvement doesn’t happen immediately. The therapy may jump-start healing, but damaged tissues still need time to repair and grow. Over the next weeks and months, you should see a marked improvement in pain levels and gradually regain function in your feet and ankles. If you want to learn more about this therapy and whether it may be the answer for your chronic heel pain, call our foot experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. Reach our office in Chandler at Chandler, AZ (480) 963-9000 and in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800.
How do PRP injections work?
PRP injections use your own blood to direct growth factors—proteins used in tissue repair—to the injured part of your lower limbs. These growth factors are contained in platelets, which also help in clotting. For PRP injections, some of your own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate all the components. The layer packed with concentrated platelets is then re-injected into the painful area, providing plenty of growth factors to the spot that needs them.
This particular treatment is effective for a variety of painful problems, including wound healing and some sports injuries. Other issues, like chronic Achilles pain, seem to benefit as well. If you’re struggling with a condition that hasn’t responded to other conservative treatment, this may be an option for you. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for more information or an appointment to see if this procedure could help you. Fill out the online contact form, call, or fax to reach us: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
How are mid-foot injuries treated?
How mid-foot injuries are treated depends on the severity of the problem. Many of the injuries in the arch or Lisfranc joint area can be quite serious. Conservative therapies work best for the mild conditions. This involves wearing a non-weight bearing boot or cast for several weeks to allow the damaged tissues to heal. Then you’ll ease your way back to using your foot. You may need physical therapy to regain your full strength.
More serious mid-foot injuries, like Lisfranc dislocations or fractures, may need surgery to realign the damaged bones. Sometimes this can include pinning or screwing the affected bones in place, so your mid-foot heals properly. Once again, you’ll need to avoid putting weight on the foot for a time, then slowly work your way back to walking normally.
Prompt and accurate treatment is the key to recovering from a mid-foot problem. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you restore your foot’s function. To make an appointment with us, you can call, fax, or submit an online request. For the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
What is this painful arch mass on my foot?
A plantar fibroma puts a whole new meaning to the term "stepping stone." Found on the bottom of your foot, this painful arch mass is usually slow growing and measures less than an inch in size. Plantar fibromatosis, on the other hand, is more invasive and grows much more rapidly. Both of these nodules are actually benign tumors made up of cells found between your heel pad and forefoot. The more aggressive condition may even involve the skin and muscle layers as well as digital nerves and arteries.
If you've found a tender bump in the middle of your arch, seek treatment. Painful fibromas can be treated both surgically and non-surgically, depending on the severity. Dr. David Laurino and Dr. Antonius Su can help. You can reach the experts here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000 or our Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800. You can also conveniently make an appointment right here, online, by using our online contact form. It's time to take a stand against unnecessary pressure and pain.