Prolotherapy – Treatment for Lower Limb Pain

Prolotherapy – Treatment for Lower Limb Pain


 Treatment for Lower Limb Pain

Joint pain, arthritis, old injury, muscle or ligament strain that won’t heal often get told ‘there isn’t anything that can be done now’ BUT at Barefoot Podiatry, we use Prolotherapy to repair and restore stubborn painful joints and muscles in the lower limb.  

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is used to treat chronic pain in strained laxed ligaments and/or damaged injured joints. It involves injections of 5-25% glucose (sugar water), lignocaine (anaesthetic), and saline (salt water) to ligaments in and around joints.

How does Prolotherapy work?

Prolotherapy restarts the wound healing cascade so that fibroblasts produce collagen. As the new collagen matures, it gradually restores strength and tension to the ligaments. This increases collagen fibril size and number. The treated ligaments become 30-40% stronger with increased strength of attachment to bone. In joints, Prolotherapy injections produce growth factors in cartilaginous joints which increases growth of cartilage.

What does Prolotherapy do?

Prolotherapy decreases chronic foot and lower limb pain which has resulted from ligament strains. It increases movement and creates stability in stiff and painful joints. Prolotherapy is highly successful in post-surgical joints and severe arthritic joints.

It can be used for both acute injuries (injuries to joints or muscles which has happened in less than 3 months), and chronic injuries (injuries to joints or muscles which has happened years and years ago).

What is Prolotherapy used for?

Prolotherapy can be used in chronic foot or lower limb injuries to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It can be used for complete ruptures, tears, and muscle strains.

Prolotherapy can be used in arthritic joints, pre-surgical and post-surgical joints, unstable joints, painful joints, and stiff joints.

Prolotherapy can be used for nerve pain conditions and nerve entrapment/compression conditions.

Podiatrists can use Prolotherapy as a treatment anywhere from the hip to the toes.

Is Prolotherapy right for me?

A podiatrist can determine whether Prolotherapy is right for you by doing a thorough Biomechanical Assessment. This is a 40 minute assessment of your pain, your history of the problem, your muscle strength, your joint movement and your gait (watching you walk). You may be sent for x-ray’s or ultrasounds before your podiatrist will determine if this is right for you.

Prolotherapy can be used in conjunction with other types of therapies or treatments both by your podiatrist or other allied health professionals.


To make an appointment to see if Prolotherapy will work for you, please phone us (03) 9372-7452 or use our online booking enquiry form today.

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