Healing Chronic Foot Pain

Healing Chronic Foot Pain

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Healing Chronic Foot Pain: Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Whether it’s due to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis or sprains, foot and ankle pain affects over 75 percent of American adults at some point in their life.

Stretching and over-the-counter inserts and anti-inflammatories are generally the first approaches to mitigating the pain. These tactics may then be followed by physical therapy, custom orthotics or bracing and boots.

Dr. Caitlin S. Zarick, a podiatric surgeon at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, says that when these methods don’t help, there is another, low-risk treatment available.

“Treating tendon pain in the foot or ankle with an injection of platelet-rich plasma is a method that’s quickly gaining popularity,” says Dr. Zarick. “It offers a relatively quick recovery and can decrease or completely eliminate the pain.”

During the procedure, a platelet-concentrated sample of the patients own blood is injected into the affected area. This is done in an outpatient setting and takes less than 30 minutes. The platelets stimulate healing and growth of the tissue, which helps to resolve the pain.

Most people are back on their feet within a few days and completely back to normal within a month.

For a consult with Dr. Zarick or another podiatric surgeon, call


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Caitlin Zarick, DPM MedStar Washington Hospital Center

For a consult with Dr. Zarick or another podiatric surgeon, call 202-877-3627.


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