At Regenexx Australia, we offer nonsurgical alternatives to treat foot and ankle pain and injuries.
A foot or ankle injury makes it hard to run and sometimes even to walk without pain. If you have one of the foot or ankle conditions below, you may benefit from our treatment options.
In ankle osteoarthritis PRP injection has been shown to be safe and reduce pain and improve function in both the short term (3 months), and the long term (16 months). The second study also showed that the application of PRP after ankle arthroscopy with microfracture improved functional scores over surgery alone at 16 months, and this effect was superior to the application of hyaluronic acid after surgery.
Safety and Efficacy of Intra-articular Injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Patients With Ankle Osteoarthritis. Fukawa T; Yamaguchi S; Akatsu Y; Yamamoto Y; Akagi R; Sasho T. Foot & Ankle International. 38(6):596-604, 2017 Jun. (Level 4 evidence, case series)
Clinical outcomes of platelet rich plasma (PRP) as an adjunct to microfracture surgery in osteochondral lesions of the talus. Guney A; Akar M; Karaman I; Oner M; Guney B. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 23(8):2384-9, 2015 Aug. (Level 2 evidence)
Clinical Effects of Platelet-Rich Plasma and Hyaluronic Acid as an Additional Therapy for Talar Osteochondral Lesions Treated with Microfracture Surgery: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial. Gormeli G; Karakaplan M; Gormeli CA; Sarikaya B; Elmali N; Ersoy Y. Foot & Ankle International. 36(8):891-900, 2015 Aug. (Randomised controlled trial)
High ankle sprains, or strains of the syndesmosis are common in footballers and difficult to treat. A 2015 study of 16 elite athletes showed treatment of the syndesmosis with PRP returned athletes to play in 2/3 the time (40 days compared to 60 days) with less residual pain than standard treatment, and without the need for surgery.
Plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) as a treatment for high ankle sprain in elite athletes: a randomized control trial. Laver L; Carmont MR; McConkey MO; Palmanovich E; Yaacobi E; Mann G; Nyska M; Kots E. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 23(11):3383-92, 2015 Nov. (Level 2 evidence)
If you are an active person with pain in your foot or ankle, contact us to see how we can help.