Non-Surgical Heel Pain Relief
For patients in the Long Beach area who are currently suffering with heel pain, the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center is proud to offer one of the latest non-surgical procedures for the relief of this oft-incapacitating condition. Platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP) for the relief of heel pain is a relatively new procedure that is proving to be as effective as it is simple. Using the body’s own natural healing ability, platelet-rich plasma can be used to alleviate stubborn heel pain that is resistant to other conservative care methods for Long Beach Heel Pain.
Our directing physician, Dr. Pedram Aslmand, is on the cutting edge of this incredible technique. He has found that about 80% of patients treated using this new method experience total relief from their chronic heel pain. He has spoken extensively on the subject and is very encouraged by the results he has achieved using it. With more than a decade of experience treating patients at the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Long Beach, Dr. Aslmand is in prime position to evaluate the effectiveness of this incredible procedure.
Platelet-rich plasma treatment is designed for the relief of chronic heel pain. Over time, the body can begin to “wall off” the heel and Achilles tendon in cases of chronic injury. Scar tissue forms and becomes painful. Platelet-rich plasma helps relieve this pain by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
The procedure begins with the harvesting of the patient’s blood. A 40 CC blood sample is taken and prepared for use in treatment (to put this in perspective, a typical blood donation is about 500 CC). This process involves spinning the blood in a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma. This solution is then injected directly into the site of the patient’s heel pain.
Injecting platelet-rich plasma essentially causes the heel to become inflamed. Although this may seem like an undesirable condition, it is actually a part of the body’s natural healing process. The platelet-rich plasma stimulates the body to remove damaged tissue, allowing healthy tissue to replace it. This process is performed in office using only local anesthesia, making it an easy and minimally invasive alternative to surgical heel pain relief.
Different Diagnosis for heel pain includes:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Retroachilles bursitis
- Plantar fascia rupture
- Heel pad atrophy
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Bone cyst
- Wear proper footwear
- Orthotics to control the abnormal motion which is the causative agent for the inflammation.
- Correct leg length discrepancy via an adjustable heel lift.
- Oral and topical anti-inflammatory medication.
- Ice massage to reduce inflammation and relieve tension.
- Stretch calf muscle to reduce tightness. However this is not advised during the acute phase since it can exacerbate the symptoms
- Use of a night splint to give a constant passive stretch to the plantar fascia
It is very important to have your heel pain properly diagnosed to receive the correct treatment. Request your appointment with Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon Dr. Aslmand to have your heel pain evaluated.