Heel Pain Center of the Carolinas
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TOPAZ: Heel Pain Treatments

Topaz is a quick, effective, and one of the minimally invasive heel pain treatments for those with chronic heel pain. The TOPAZ MicroDebrider Technique uses technology designed to specifically treat tendons and fascia. The TOPAZ technique has been associated with quick return to daily activity allowing for significant improvement in patient outcomes.

Plantar Fasciitis is the main condition treated by the TOPAZ procedure.  When the tendon that runs from your heel bone to the ball of your foot become damaged by either a blunt injury or by overuse, scar tissue begins to form. This scar tissue is what causes the pain felt in the plantar fascia.

The Procedure:
The TOPAZ procedure itself usually takes at least 20 minutes to perform. After the a small incision is made, the surgeon then applies the MicroDebrider to the fascia to break up and remove the scar tissue.

Post Surgery:

    • First three weeks post surgery—use crutches, immobilized with a splint
    • Weeks 4-8—passive and active range of motion exercises, night splint and walking boot
    • 2-3 months — No sports or heavy lifting, normal activity at work or home is possible

 

The Heel Pain Center of the Carolinas has had great success with this procedure and will gladly take any questions you might have. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP injections:

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections is one of the heel pain treatments used successfully at Carmel Foot Specialists for chronic conditions effecting the foot and ankle.
This treatment is a natural alternative to other injections that often have negative side effects or are not as effective.

How does it work?

Platelets are small cell fragments found in the blood. During an injury, they migrate and gather at the site of the injury and release growth factor proteins, which begin the healing process. PRP treatments introduce an increased level of these growth factors to the injured area.

Essentially, we use your own body’s healing potential to resolve your condition. The PRP is obtained from a small sample of your blood, which is then separated using a centrifuge. The plasma is rich in platelets containing growth factors that help accelerate tissue healing and the reduction of inflammation. Once obtained, the PRP is then injected into the injured area under ultrasound guidance to insure proper placement. A small amount of local anesthetic is often used before the PRP injection for your comfort.

So what is involved in getting platelet rich plasma?

    1. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm
    2. The blood sample is spun down to separate and concentrate the platelets and other growth factors
    3. The PRP is then transferred to a syringe for use in the treatment of the desired condition

 

 

Most treatments can be performed in the office setting using local anesthesia. It can be also used in the operating room in conjunction with other more complex surgeries. PRP is also effective in the healing of skin ulcers.

Conditions treated by PRP:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Chronic Tendionopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Wound Healing

PRP is an effective minimally invasive treatment for many foot and ankle conditions. These heel pain treatments requires minimal downtime and allow for quick healing and return to normal activities.