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AZ Choice Foot and Ankle

Christopher Suykerbuyk, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Gilbert, AZ

PRP contains platelets (cells found in your blood) mixed with plasma (the liquid portion of your blood). Dr. Suykerbuyk obtains PRP by drawing a sample of your blood and processing it in a centrifuge that separates platelets and plasma from the other blood cells.

He draws the concentrated platelets and plasma into a needle and uses your PRP to treat your painful foot condition.

We have the lowest prices in the Valley for PRP injections for plantar faciitis, joint pain and tendinitis! 

How does PRP ease my foot pain?

Platelets have the crucial role of triggering healing. Any time you suffer an injury or develop a disease, platelets travel to the area and release proteins called growth factors.

Growth factors immediately start the healing process, leading to cellular activities that:

  • Accelerate healing
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support new tissue growth
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Recruit stem cells (to rebuild new tissues)

After Dr. Suykerbuyk injects PRP, the platelets do their natural job and go to work healing your foot problem.

When would I need PRP?

PRP supports healing for injuries and conditions affecting your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, and nerves. Dr. Suykerbuyk may recommend PRP for a wide range of foot and ankle problems, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Muscle and tendon injuries (strains)
  • Ligament injuries (sprains)
  • Non-healing fractures

PRP injections ease the pain caused by chronic inflammatory conditions and foot problems that are slow to heal. Dr. Suykerbuyk may also use PRP to promote healing after procedures like cryoablation or surgery.

What happens during my PRP treatment?

After applying a local anesthetic to the injection site, Dr. Suykerbuyk uses ultrasound imaging to guide the injection. Then he carefully positions the needle at the injured tissues and injects your PRP.

There are no risks or side effects associated with PRP (because it comes from your own blood). However, you may have soreness at the injection site for a few days.

Dr. Suykerbuyk asks you to limit your movement and avoid putting weight on the treated foot for a time. He may also recommend a brace or boot to protect your foot while the tissues heal.

Your body’s natural healing process takes time. As a result, it may take a few weeks for you to notice significant improvement. 

To learn more about PRP and how it may improve your foot pain, call AZ Choice Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.