PRP Specialist

FamilyMed Centers

Medical Center & Medical Spa located in Cicero, IL

Advancements in medicine continue to identify amazing treatments that use your body’s own healing properties. One of the most popular is platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a healing substance made from your own blood. At FamilyMed Centers in Cicero, Illinois, Vittorio Caterino, DPM, uses PRP to treat foot pain, inflammation, and trauma. To learn more about PRP treatments, call or schedule your appointment online at FamilyMed Centers today.


What is PRP?

Platelets are the main component of PRP and are a type of cell in your blood that helps your body heal and rebuild after an injury. They’re responsible for the scabbing and scarring that keep you from bleeding profusely after a minor skin injury.

If you choose PRP therapy, Dr. Catrina extracts some of your blood and places it in a device called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins quickly until the platelets separate from your red and white blood cells. He takes the concentrated platelets and creates a solution that harnesses the healing powers of your own platelets. The high concentration of platelets in PRP speeds recovery from injuries and, in many cases, helps ease your pain.

What do you use PRP to treat?

PRP treats many ailments. At FamilyMed Centers, Dr. Catarino uses PRP to treat:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Long-term conditions (e.g. arthritis)

Dr. Caterino can inject PRP near an injury to speed up the healing in any part of your foot. With PRP, you can expect to notice full results within four to six weeks.

Are treatments with PRP safe?

Since PRP treatments use your own blood, they are generally extremely safe when performed by a trained physician like Dr. Caterino. You may notice some minor side effects near the injection site. These include:

  • Irritation
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Bleeding or leaking

After your injection, you’re free to return to your normal daily activities. There is no recovery time, and the PRP begins immediately to speed healing.

What are the benefits of PRP injections?

PRP injections provide many benefits because:

  • Results are permanent
  • Your body can’t reject the substance
  • They can help you avoid surgery
  • They fix the underlying cause of your pain to relieve it

For these reasons, PRP injections are popular among professional and amateur athletes and people who do physical work. PRP reduces inflammation, stiffness, and swelling.

If you have an injury to your foot and you want to heal as quickly and safely as possible, call or schedule an appointment online at FamilyMed Centers to find out if PRP injections can help your treatment.