Dr. Lisch provides an innovative treatment for heel pain and soft tissues injuries. This process, called Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, represents a safer, cheaper and more effective alternative to invasive foot surgeries. Whereas before, plantar fasciitis and torn damaged tendons would require as much as $5,000 in surgery and weeks of downtime, the new procedure will offer relief for a fraction of the cost and without painful incisions. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and placing it into a centrifuge. From the centrifuge the sample is separated into plasma and autologous conditioned blood, or concentrated blood platelets. These platelets contain much of the healing and growth factors that are used by the body to heal it of injuries. This “cocktail” actually jumpstarts the healing process. The patient’s own blood platelets are then injected into the area of injury – such an area of an ankle sprain, heel pain or a torn or inflamed ligament - where they assist in regenerating damaged tissues.
The process is especially effective in helping patients recover from plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the thick connective tissue that runs the length of the bottom of the foot, which accounts for nearly 40% foot pain in our office. If you have had heel pain for six or more months and have been told that surgery is your only option, this may be the non surgical treatment you have been looking for. “The best thing about this process is it can’t really hurt anyone. There’s no cutting and no worry about infections and diseases because we use the patient’s own blood,” Injections of platelets can be performed as an outpatient procedure in our office for a fraction of the cost of previous surgical solutions and is often covered by your health insurance.