LB Podiatrist Treats Chronic Foot Pain with Platelet Rich Plasma
2013-08-15 · By Editor
Foot and ankle specialist Pedram Aslmand, DPM, of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center is on the leading edge of a highly effective treatment for one of the most common and painful of all foot problems. A new platelet-rich plasma foot treatment is freeing Dr. Aslmand’s patients from chronic foot pain caused by continuing inflammation of the arch or Achilles tendon – without the need for surgery. Dr. Aslmand is excited by the high success rate he is seeing with this new treatment, which uses the patient’s own blood plasma to effectively fight an extremely stubborn problem.
“Of course, we’re delighted because what we podiatrists call plantar fasciosis, and what most people just call a foot or heel that just won’t stop hurting, is an extremely stubborn condition to treat without surgery. Now, however, we’re seeing an effective treatment that is also minimally invasive and involves only the use of a local anesthesia,” said Dr. Aslmand.
“This simple in-office procedure starts with us simply collecting a 40 CC [cubic centimeter] blood sample from the patient and extracting the platelets. These cell fragments, which are important for clotting, also appear to contain growth factors and nutrients that are extremely helpful to healing. We then inject roughly 4 CCs of the concentrated platelet rich plasma into the injured foot. The amazing part is that about 80 percent of the patients who receive this treatment experience healing and an end to their chronic pain. There’s plenty of reason to be impressed and it’s no wonder that more and more studies are providing a solid scientific basis for this therapy,” Dr. Aslmand said.
Dr. Aslmand emphasizes, however, that early treatment is still the very best way to approach any kind of foot pain.
“The platelet rich plasma treatment is actually for chronic heel pain affecting the Achilles tendon that has gone untreated. With these kind of inflammatory conditions, the body tends to sort of wall off the area after a while, making the pain difficult or impossible to treat without surgery. Fortunately, the surgery is highly effective when properly performed, but my personal philosophy and methodology as a doctor is to exhaust all the available conservative treatments options before resorting to a surgical approach,” Dr. Aslmand said.
“We see quite a bit of heel pain during this time of year because of patients choosing to wear unstable footwear like flip-flops and many types of sandals. The very best way to avoid surgery is to take care of these problems early when the body can still heal with just a little help. Fortunately, the platelet-rich plasma treatment is proving to be a very effective second best option when the pain really does become chronic,” Dr. Aslmand said.
Dr. Aslmand has been providing foot treatment for 12 years at his Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, located near Long Beach Memorial Hospital and with satellite locations in Westwood and Palos Verdes. To learn more, call (562) 426-0376 or visit www.footadvice.com.