It took a couple decades for researchers to fully understand the mechanisms behind Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection therapy. Now, the next few decades will focus on how to best apply the technology as part of a standard healing protocol. Places like The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and White Plains, are on the leading edge. Since 2010, our NYC surgeons have performed thousands of successful rounds of PRP—particularly in patients with tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, but also in those with osteoarthritis or bursitis. In select cases, we’ve used platelets to reduce foot injury healing time.
“I felt like my bat came around and hit the back of my Achilles,” Philadelphia Phillies star slugger Ryan Howard recalled after tearing his Achilles tendon.1https://www.muirortho.com/achilles-tendon-tear/ “I tried to run and felt a pop and it felt like the whole thing was on fire…like I was literally on a flat tire. I tried to get to get up, but I couldn’t go,” he added.
The feeling of an acute Achilles tendon tear is simply awful. Yet, for many patients we see, their woes don’t end there. Chronic tendinopathy can persist for many, many months after initial tendon damage. Doctors who treat tendons used to call the residual pain “Achilles tendinitis,” believing that the pain was related to chronic inflammation and swelling. Now we know this is not true.
The term we use is “Achilles tendinopathy,” which refers to a tendon that has weakened or degenerated due to abnormal healing patterns. Today we take a look at a few different modern methods of treatment that have shown great results in our NYC podiatry practice, compared to some of the older therapies for tendon damage.
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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Recently, NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz underwent platelet rich plasma treatment for a chronic injury in his left calf that has been acting up since mid-August. He received treatment at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, but you needn’t go to a hospital to find this type of innovative care.
Many times patients come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine seeking surgery, specifically. What they’re really looking for is an end to their suffering as soon as possible. However, in most cases, surgery isn’t truly “a quick fix” because it involves a lengthy recovery time and may involve the risk of complications, which delays healing even further. The good news is that we treat serious foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and nerve pain with a high degree of success using nonsurgical foot treatments.
A fascinating medical treatment with myriad uses, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections use your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to create a denser concentration of healing stem cell platelets, and inject it at the site of injury. The many applications are still being investigated–among them restoring hair, giving an aging face a lift, and reducing pain–but one thing is clear: PRP works for soft tissue recovery. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have been using PRP therapy for the past several years with excellent results.
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
We don’t usually talk about knee injuries. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC primarily deals with all things foot- and ankle-related. But we’re interested in Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard’s recent knee injury because he’s being treated with platelet-rich plasma injections (or PRP therapy). PRP therapy is a progressive treatment we use in our practice as well. In addition to its effectiveness with knee injuries, we’ve seen great results using PRP therapy for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ankle sprains.
Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment has been in the headlines as used by injured sports players from Tiger Woods and Hines Ward to Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal. Patients who come in to our sports medicine clinic with similar overuse injuries are often curious about PRP therapy, but have the misconception that it must be so expensive that only elite athletes can afford it. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC offers this innovative treatment to sufferers of Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries that are traditionally considered “stubborn to heal.”
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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