Olympic Hopeful Finds Success with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy aka P.R.P. to Treat Chronic Achilles Tendonitis / Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

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Dr. Bill Releford Successfully Treats Chronic Achilles Tendonitis and Retrocalcaneal Bursitis with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (P.R.P.) in Olympic Hopeful Antonette Carter

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"I ran my season best after my first PRP injection"

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Dr. Bill J. Releford, DPM, medical director and founder of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, announced today that usage of platelet rich plasma therapy (P.R.P.) can be beneficial in the treatment of chronic achilles tendonitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis. The patient was treated with a series of two injections of platelet rich plasma therapy ( P.R.P.) over a four week period. The most profound initial subjective finding was decrease in pain and moderate to significant increase in range of motion. "I run the 100m and 200m races and I am preparing for the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Since my treatment, I've run my season best and I am completely pain free', states Antonette Carter who is a 4 time All American and holds 6 school records.

"At the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, we specialize in regenerative medicine to help heal both acute and chronic athletic injuries", states Dr. Bill Releford an expert in the usage of platelet derived growth factor therapy as well as platelet rich plasma therapy.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?


Achilles tendonitis is an injury that occurs when your Achilles tendon -- the large band of tissues connecting the muscles in the back of your lower leg to your heel bone -- becomes inflamed or irritated. The signs and symptoms of Achilles tendonitis often develop gradually. You'll feel pain and stiffness in your Achilles, especially when you first get out of bed. The pain lessens as you warm up, and may even disappear as you continue running. Once you stop, the pain returns and may feel even worse. You may also notice a crackling or creaking sound when you touch or move your Achilles tendon.


When you place a large amount of stress on your Achilles tendon too quickly, it can become inflamed from tiny tears that occur during the activity. Achilles tendonitis is often a result of overtraining, or doing too much too soon. Excessive hill running can contribute to it. Flattening of the arch of your foot can place you at increased risk of developing Achilles tendonitis because of the extra stress placed on your Achilles tendon when walking or running.

What is Retrocalcaneal Bursitis?

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is swelling (inflammation) of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus) under the Achilles tendon.


A bursa acts as a cushion and lubricant between tendons and muscles sliding over bone. There are bursas around most large joints in the body, including the ankle.
The retrocalcaneal bursa is in the back of the ankle by the heel. It is where the large Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Repeated or too much use of the ankle can cause this bursa to become irritated and inflamed. Possible causes are too much walking, running, or jumping. This condition is usually linked to Achilles tendinitis. Sometimes retrocalcaneal bursitis may be mistaken for Achilles tendinitis.
Risks for this condition include starting an aggressive workout schedule, or suddenly increasing activity level without the right conditioning.

ABOUT Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (P.R.P.)

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as P.R.P. is a revolutionary way to address tissue injury by using "healing" components derived from a patient’s own blood. These "healing components" or growth factors have been shown to be effective in treating ankle sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis, Ischemic Pain as well as Chronic Non-Healing Wounds, as cited in the J ournal of Orthopedic Research (Jan 2006) This therapy has been recently popularized by success experienced by professional athletes such Tiger Woods, Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward and Troy Palomalu.

About Dr. Bill James Releford, D.P.M.

Dr. BILL J. RELEFORD, D.P.M. a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, began his practice in 1990 and established the Diabetic Foot Institute, a facility dedicated exclusively to the reduction of diabetes-related amputations in high-risk populations. Dr. Releford is recognized both domestically as well as internationally as a leader in the field of diabetic limb preservation and wound care.

Dr. Bill Releford’s limb salvage and wound care success involves utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to limb salvage where vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialist, plastic surgeons, endocrinologist all collaborate solely for the benefit of salvaging a foot at risk of amputation. Dr. Releford also uses Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy to treatment foot injuries as well as chronic non-healing wounds.

Dr. Bill Releford is founder and CEO of The Releford Foot & Ankle Institute in Los Angeles. The Releford Institute’s mission is to effectively decrease the diabetes related amputation rate in Los Angeles and its surrounding communities by providing a comprehensive wound care and limb salvage service. The Releford Institute addresses patients specialized needs and creates individual treatment plans to heal wounds and prevent amputations.

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