Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment
Injection of blood plasma with an increased concentration of platelets is a fairly new technique for treating a variety of foot-related conditions.
The procedure speeds up the healing process by reducing inflammation and helping damaged tissues, tendons and ligaments to regenerate more quickly. The increased concentration of growth factors in PRP stimulates the production of tenocytes (fibroblast cells in tendons), promotes angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) and speeds the healing process.
PRP is not used to reduce pain, like cortisone, but is instead a reparative, effective long-term treatment.
The technique has been used notably to treat chronic tendonitis, chronic plantar (sole) fasciitis, and sports injuries.