Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is to be on top of cutting edge medical advances. He has been a leading podiatrist offering foot treatment in North Miami Beach for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and hammertoes, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available, like regenerative therapy, to serve the needs of his patients, young and old.
Regenerative therapy harnesses the body’s own ability to heal. Dr. Horn has demonstrated great success using Plasma Rich Platelet injections for foot treatment in North Miami Beach. Platelets, one of the components of blood, are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. To develop a PRP preparation, blood is taken from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood. It is expected that the increase in growth factors results in speeding up the healing process. PRP injections can be carefully injected into the injured area or may also be used to improve healing after surgery for some injuries.
These injections have been very helpful in addressing many foot treatments in North Miami Beach. Among the podiatric conditions that are treated by PRP injections are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, joint tendonitis, ligament damage, and conditions with swelling, pain, and limited range of motion. Regenerative therapy is known as a bridge between manual therapies, like physical therapy or massage therapy, and surgery. The fact that it is non-invasive and doesn’t require recovery makes it an ideal option for many podiatry and orthopedic conditions. To find out if regenerative therapy is right for you, give Dr. Horn a call today.