Revolutionary Heel Pain Treatment: APC Injection
Last year, Dr. Thomas F. Vail saw over 200 patients with severe heel pain
Heel pain, caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia (muscles and nerves under the heel), is the most common conditions that brings patients into our office. Structural misalignmnet, typically resulting in flat feet or highly arched feet, is the primary cause of heel pain.
Typically, heel pain is most severe in the morning because calves and feet muscles are tighten at night at the stretching of these muscles is painful.
While severe heel pain can be fixed through surgery, recover is a grueling and extensive process; the foot must be casted for four weeks and rehabilitation lasts 2-4 months.
While surgery is a possibile avenue to reduce heel pain, the Advanced Footcare Clinic is committed to conservative treatments that have maximum benefits with limited down time for our patients.
This is why, three years ago, the Advanced Footcare Clinic began offering APC (Autologous Platelet Concentrates) injections. These injections, largely published by Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward and New York Yankee Xavier Nady, permit podiatrists to inject into highly inflamed areas to reduce pain and inflamation.
An APC injection isolates the blood's platelets, growth factors, from a patient's own blood. After isolating the blood's platelets, they are reinjected into the patient's inflamed areas.
Since it is the patient's own blood, there are no side effects. Furthermore, recovery time is only two weeks!
The process takes about 15 minutes. The process can be repeated, as it encourages the natural healing process through each person's own blood platelets.
If you are experiencing heel pain and would like to hear more about APC injections, as well as other options, we are here to help. Please feel free to contact our staff at (419)423-1888.