According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
, nearly 2 million patients are treated for Plantar Fasciitis each year. It is the most common cause of heel pain and occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated or inflamed.
What Are My Treatment Options?
At Bio-Alliance Medical Group, we provide several options to treat Plantar Fasciitis. Our Topical Gear Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve
uses compression to reduce the swelling in the foot and improve flexibility. The knit massage zones located under the foot and in the heel further improve circulation to help speed recovery.
If you’re looking for a longer lasting treatment, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
injections might be a perfect fit for you. This all-natural treatment uses your own body’s healing powers with minimal downtime.
Many people try cortisone injections in hopes of getting significant pain relief, but studies show that PRP is a no-brainer.
Why Choose PRP Over Corticosteroids?
A recent study
published by Dr. Raymond Rocco Monto shows that the longevity of pain relief from PRP treatments is greater than corticosteroid injections. The study was conducted to compare PRP and Cortisone injections for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.
A total of 40 patients, 23 women and 17 men, were injected with a single treatment of either PRP or cortisone. The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) hindfoot scoring was completed for all patients before the treatment, 3, 6, 12 and 24 months following the procedures. According to this scoring system, a higher number indicates less pain.
The results initially showed great pain relief for both treatment options until the 6-12 month mark. The group that received the cortisone injection, reverted to the baseline pain 12 months after the injection.This study proves that PRP is the better long term option for pain relief when dealing with Plantar Fasciitis.
At Bio-Alliance Medical Group, we strive to provide our patients with several all-natural healing options. We offer compression wearables and minimally invasive procedures to better health and wellness in Arizona.