Point-Counterpoint: Is PRP Beneficial For Chronic Plantar Fasciitis?

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Author(s): 
Babak Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS, and Lindsay Mae Chandler, DPM; Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS

In Conclusion

The literature has demonstrated the PRP magic bullet to be at best an adjunctive treatment alternative to established treatment protocols for plantar fasciitis. The treatment of plantar fasciitis is based on an accurate diagnosis derived from the patient history and physical examination. One must implement all components of treatment in a coordinated, well-structured treatment plan. At worst, the use of PRP injections for plantar fasciitis is an expensive, somewhat labor-intensive, marginally effective procedure.

   Please do not be seduced by the glamor of this false magic bullet. Instead, trust in your knowledge base of podiatric medicine, specifically biomechanics, in the treatment of the most common foot and ankle pathology.

   Dr. DeHeer is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is in private practice in Indianapolis.

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