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March 16, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Yoga is a great for your mind, body and soul! We recommend yoga practice to a lot of our patients, especially those with tight calves, tendinitis, or plantar fasciitis.   Yoga helps improve balance and is good for rehab after an ankle sprain. Yoga is excellent for injury prevention too.  Whether you take a class or do a video at home, yoga can help you stretch and strengthen your body.

Namaste! 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelets are pieces of blood cells that play a large role in blood clotting. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then prepared by separating and concentrating the platelets from other blood cells, thereby creating a platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into an injured area of the body, such as the Achilles tendon.  The PRP contains concentrated growth factors released by the platelets that have been shown to promote tissue healing.

What happens after the injection?

Depending on the area that is injected, immobilization may be necessary for a couple of weeks followed by continuing physical therapy.  It may take several months before the maximum benefit of the PRP is seen.

Why isn’t PRP covered by insurance?

PRP is only indicated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the operating room with bone grafting procedures.  Although research does support other uses, they are considered “off label” and therefore not covered by insurance companies.

To learn more about PRP,  give us a call today!

February 28, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Low dye taping is a good taping technique for anyone with arch or heel pain including conditions like plantar fasciitis or posterior tibial tendinitis. Low dye taping can provide you with arch support during activities when it is hard to wear orthotics such as in ski or snowboarding boots, cycling shoes, cleats or rock climbing shoes. Low dye taping can be helpful during barefoot activities too such as dancing, martial arts, yoga, or volley ball.

What you'll need: 1 and 2 inch atheltic tape. Spray adhesive for skin can help athletic tape stick better and longer. 

Watch our video below to see Dr. Bowlby demonstrate one version of the low dye taping technique.