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Chiropodist & Podiatrist

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Foot & Toe Prolotherapy

Chronic foot and toe pain is a common condition affecting approximately 70% of UK population at some point in their lives.  Plantar fasciitis is a condition, sometimes referred to as, ‘flip-flop disease,’ presents persons affected  with pain ranging from mild twinges to pains that can be excruciating and stabbing on the undersides of their heels - sometimes along the arches of their feet. The pain the person experiences tends to be worse in the morning and diminish throughout the day.  The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes.  If there is a strain, overstretching or tearing of the plantar fascia it becomes weak, swollen and inflamed, resulting in “plantar fasciitis”.  The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp, and the bottom of the foot may also ache or burn.  

Turf toe, also known as “metatarsophalangeal joint sprain”, is a painful injury to the base of the big toe that typically occurs in athletes who play field sports, such as football, baseball or soccer.  Turf toe describes an injury to the joint at the base of the big toe when an athlete forcefully jams the toe into the ground or backward, beyond its normal limits. The injury often occurs on a grass or artificial turf playing field which is why the name "turf toe" was adopted.  

Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy and Biocellular Prolotherapy have been shown to be effective treatments for foot pain, injuries and plantar fasciitis

ARTICLES
Retrospective Observational Study on Hemwall-Hackett Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Foot and Toe Pain at an Outpatient Charity Clinic in Rural Illinois. (2011)
In this small patient study, all 100% had improvements of their pain and stiffness. Eighty-four percent experienced 50% or more pain relief. Dextrose Prolotherapy helped the patients make large improvements in walking and exercise ability. 

The Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in the Management of Foot and Ankle Conditions. (2011)
This article reviews the results of treating 634 patients with PRP for various foot and ankle conditions.  PRP was used alone or in conjunction with surgical procedures.  Outcome was favorable showing healing more complete and rapid.

Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Foot Problems (2002).
This letter to the editor discusses three case reports using Dextrose Prolotherapy for foot pain.