- Age 55+
- 119 lbs
- 5' 1"
- Wesley Chapel, FL
- Injury Status Cured
- Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
- Repeat injury? No
- Runner No
- Doctor/Care Giver Dr. D. Heinig
In 2011, I had been suffering for almost a year from plantar fasciitis in my right heel. My primary care doctor referred me to a podiatrist who fitted me with a shoe insert. He also wrote a scrip for physical therapy and I went twice a week for 4 weeks, also doing the recommended exercises daily at home. It didn’t help.
When I went to my primary care doctor for a regular follow-up appointment, I mentioned to him that the pain in my heel had not gone away. I had already spent over a $1000 on my podiatrist and physical therapy co-pays, shoe inserts, rockers, supports and anything that I thought would help. Nothing did. I felt it was a waste of my time and money so that when he suggested PRP Therapy (Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy), I readily agreed. It was also going to be covered by Humana so that it made it more an attractive option.
The procedure was done right there and then in his office. They drew my blood, then placed it in a centrifuge to spin the blood at high levels which was supposed to increase the amount of blood platelets. The concentrated platelets were then injected into my right heel where the pain was. (Just a warning: The injection was very, very painful , at least for me). The doctor advised me that it may take several attempts before I would see any improvement. I went a second time and luckily I no longer had to go back because the pain had subsided after a week or two and then disappeared. This was in 2011 and now I’m still free of the pain.
Am writing my experience with PRP therapy upon request of Health Outcome.