The philosophy behind regenerative medicine is that the body can heal itself if it’s given the right tools. James Cottom, DPM, FACFAS, and Jay Badell DPM, AACFAS at Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center offer therapies that encourage your body’s cells to regenerate naturally, healing you in ways you may not have thought possible. To learn more about regenerative medicine, make an appointment by calling the office or scheduling one online today.

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What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Extracted from whole blood, platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, contains platelets and several other elements that are crucial to your body’s ability to regenerate. Your body uses platelets for blood clotting, wound formation, and wound healing.

Your doctor injects PRP into the problem area, releasing cytokines, which in turn attract cells that promote your body’s natural healing capabilities and tissue regeneration.

How is platelet-rich plasma created?

Platelet-rich plasma is derived from your own blood. After your provider draws a blood sample, they spin it in a centrifuge to create a serum of concentrated platelets.

What types of injuries are treated with PRP therapies?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy effectively treats a number of conditions that were once treated with invasive surgeries that required lengthy recoveries. Comparatively, there is little to no downtime with regenerative medicine therapies.

Conditions treated with PRP include:

  • Tendonitis of the Achilles tendon or patellar tendon of the knee
  • Serious ligament and muscle injuries
  • Post-surgery healing
  • Knee arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Hip arthritis
  • Shoulder arthritis

What are my treatment options?

We can offer a number of treatment options for plantar fasciitis and ankle arthritis, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to decrease inflammation and chronic pain, promoting healing in injured areas.

With PRP injections, the highly concentrated dose of platelets triggers tissue repair by delivering growth factors and attracting cells that heal inflammation and chronic swelling around your heel and joints.

This can speed up your recovery, repairing damaged tissue and stretched ligaments.

While this minimally invasive treatment may require you to use crutches and stay off your feet for about a week, most patients report feeling a significant decrease in pain within the first 10 days. Many professional athletes use regenerative medicine to heal acute and chronic sports injuries.


Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate can also be used to aid the body in healing itself.  This technique uses the bodys MSC’s or stem cells along with growth factors to assist in healing.  This treatment can be done in the office setting and we often will use MLS 6 laser therapy, Shockwave (EPAT) therapry or formal physical therpay at the same time for the best possible outcomes.

To learn more about the regenerative medicine treatments available at Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center, call the office or book an appointment online today.