The information on this website is for educational purposes only. Do not act or rely upon the information on this website without seeking independent professional medical advice.  Prolotherapy is a medical technique. As with any medical technique, results will vary among individuals, and there is no guarantee that you will receive the same outcome as patient reports here. Prolotherapy injections may not work for you and as with all medical procedures there are risks involved. These risks should be discussed with a qualified health care professional prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.

Chronic foot and toe pain is a common condition affecting approximately 75% of Americans 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.

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. 

“Since receiving Prolotherapy from Dr. Donna Alderman and staff I am pain free and able to resume all of  my former activities”  
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“It is by far the best my toe has felt in years, and I only wish I had known about Prolotherapy while I was still playing football."  
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“…and most of all I’m pain free!” 
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“It only took 1 treatment & the pain was 100% gone!” 
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“Rarely notice it now.  Essentially no pain.
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“Prolotherapy has taken all of the pain away, where I can do every activity - like water skiing.” 
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“…had been misdiagnosed by a podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, regular doctor, and sports medicine doctor.” 
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“I was able to ski 2 days in a row without debilitating foot pain for the first time in 5 years.”
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“I am pain free and able to resume all of my former activities.” 
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