Achilles tendinopathy (Achilles tendonitis) is a common problem for distance runners. Approximately 52% of former runners and anywhere from 7-9% of active runners experience Achilles tendonitis in their lifetime. (Scott et al) The group most commonly affected are middle-aged men. (Alfredson et al)
Traditionally, Achilles tendinopathy is treated with a combination of rest, anti-inflammatories, and an eccentric physical-therapy program. In certain patients the pain continues, and PRP can help these patients. Platelet rich plasma is a treatment commonly used for chronic tendonitis (tendinopathy). This treatment uses the patient’s own healing factors (growth factors) to promote a healing response in diseased tendon. This is a safe treatment with little to no side effects. (Taylor et al and Middleton et al)
A large number of professional athletes, such as Alex Rodriguez Mark Teixeirra, Deron Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, and Hines Ward, have used PRP for their chronic tendonitis and returned to their sports. (Athletes using PRP).
Contact our office to discuss if PRP may help you with your ankle or foot complaints. This simple procedure can return you to your pre-injury level of activity in our hands.
- Scott A, Huisman E, Khan K. Conservative treatment of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. CMAJ. 2011; 183(10):1159-1165
- Alfredson H, Lorenntzon R. Chronic Achilles tendinosis: recommendations for treatment and prevention. Sports Med. 2000; 29(2): 135-146
- Taylor, D. W., Petrera, M., Hendry, M., & Theodoropoulos, J. S. (2011). A systematic review of the use of platelet-rich plasma in sports medicine as a new treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. Clinical journal of sport medicine, 21(4), 344-352.
- Middleton, K. K., Barro, V., Muller, B., Terada, S., & Fu, F. H. (2012). Evaluation of the effects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involved in the healing of sports-related soft tissue injuries. The Iowa orthopaedic journal, 32, 150.
- Athletes using PRP. Accessed August 2, 2017.