Dr. Bill Releford | PRP Injection Therapy to Treat Achilles Tendinitis


Also known as tendonosis, tendinitis, or Achilles tendinopathy, Achilles Tendinitis is a condition that occurs when the Achilles tendons, which connect the calf muscles located in the lower leg to the heel bone, become inflamed causing excruciating pain and swelling. When muscles contract, the tendon usually transmits the contraction power to the heel enabling movement. The Achilles tendons usually move via a protective sheath made up of millions of tiny fibers. Scientific studies have found out that Achilles Tendinitis usually develops when there is overuse of tendons, which makes the tiny fibers in the tendon wear out and tear. This causes pain, inflammation, and swelling.

As the tendon continues to swell, it starts to rub against the sheath that surrounds it causing it to become swollen and inflamed. Achilles Tendinitis most commonly affects runners who suddenly increase the training intensity or the duration of their runs. As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon can endure great force. However, that does not mean that it is not susceptible to injury. If Achilles Tendinitis is left untreated, then it can cause long-term effects such as ruptured or torn tendons, scarring, decreased range of motion, as well as set the stage for future injuries.

So are you suffering from Achilles Tendinitis and you are looking for an effective way to get rid of it once and for all? If yes then Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the treatment that you have been looking for. Platelet Rich Plasma is a clinically tested and proven procedure that involves separating the platelets from the blood of the patient then reintroducing it to the injured joint. Scientific studies have shown that platelets have amazing regenerative properties. The delivery of a high concentration of growth factors derived from platelets helps to intensify the body’s natural regenerative and healing process.

PRP Injections have been clinically proven to help reduce pain, repair tissues as well as improve the range of motion enabling you to live a normal life. It contains autologous blood with high platelets concentrations. It helps to promote healing by emitting certain growth factors contained in the alpha granules that play a vital role in cell differentiation, chemotaxis, angiogenesis, and cell proliferation.

How Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) works

If you have donated blood before or you have ever had your blood drawn for lab test then you have a slight idea of how PRP works. Your physician will draw blood from your body and place it in a centrifuge where it will spin at very high speed for about 20 minutes. This will make the platelets separate. The separated platelets are then extracted by a syringe then injected into the injured area. Most patients usually require two treatments to get well. However, patients with severe Achilles Tendinitis will require more than 2 treatments. After treatment, you will start noticing positive results after one week.

If you have tried traditional therapies and treatment and still experience pain and inactivity, then Platelet Rich Plasma is the best option for you. This treatment method is less aggressive, less invasive and also less expensive than undergoing a surgical procedure. The process takes about 30-45 minutes and helps to stop the further degeneration of tissues. This process is so effective and that is why top athletes use it to quickly get back into the game. It does not subject patients to nasty side effects as it is usually the case with other treatment options.

About Dr. Bill Releford, D.P.M., Medical Director, The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute

So are you suffering from Achilles Tendinitis? If the answer is yes, then look no further! Dr. Bill Releford is an expert in the field of regenerative medicine and treatment of acute and chronic injuries caused by Achilles Tendinitis. He has over 30 years experience in the treatment and management of acute and chronic foot and ankle injuries.  Dr. Bill Releford has helped many patients suffering from Achilles Tendinitis recover and live a normal, pain-free life. If you desire a less invasive treatment for your Achilles Tendinitis, then Dr. Bill Releford of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute can help you get back into the game!


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