Stem Cell Therapy
Painful foot injuries like strains and sprains, and Achilles tendinitis are common sports injuries. Degenerative conditions that cause foot pain include Plantar Fasciitis and arthritis.
The ankle joint is made of the bottom of the shin bone and the top of the ankle bone or talus. The talus is covered by cartilage. A talus injury that damages the cartilage and the underlying bone is called an osteochondral lesion of the talus. Even an ankle sprain can cause this damage. Symptoms include chronic deep ankle pain, a clicking or locking of the ankle, a sense the ankle will give out, and swelling.
In athletes with ankle osteochondral lesions of cartilage and the talus bone, return to sport after a cartilage procedure is a hot topic. Microfracture can provide good results, but the quality of the regenerated cartilage is not ideal, whereas the quality of cartilage regenerated after stem cell therapy is good quality articular cartilage. Return to sport and life after the stem cell regenerative procedure achieves good and stable results with no complications.
Painful joints in the foot and ankle
Painful joints in the foot and ankle are common and stem cell therapy can treat these painful joints to improve balance, walking and stability. They may be caused by trauma or from osteoarthritis of the joint.
Traumatic Injury and Post-trauma Osteoarthritis (OA)
A traumatic ankle injury that damages ankle cartilage can become debilitating and cause joint deterioration. Regeneration of cartilage defects is a major challenge and current procedures are invasive, painful and of limited efficacy. Even when treatment is successful, post – traumatic osteoarthritis is often inevitable. Stem cell therapy can regenerate cartilage to restore the joint surface, improve function, reduce pain and prevent joint degeneration.
Ankle OA is a severe disabling disease that affect 1% of the U.S. population. In fact, after injury the risk of OA is more than 40%. Whole joint replacement is an option, but in early degeneration the goal is to delay progression of the disease. Stem cell therapy is a desirable to regenerate the joint and avoid surgery.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition and a common cause of severe heel pain and stiffness. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia that connects the heel to the ball of the foot and provides arch support. Excessive stress on the arch can cause microtears in the plantar fascia. Every year Plantar fasciitis affects about 2 million people in the U.S. The pain of plantar fasciitis interferes with sleep, function and the ability to participate in sports and everyday activities.
People at risk for plantar fasciitis include those whose work requires standing for long periods, those who perform repetitive impact activities like jumping and running that pound on your feet, people with high arches and those with a previous ankle injury. Aging also increases the risk for plantar fasciitis.
Conservative therapy includes arch supports, physical therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, icing and rest. Many patients improve with conservative therapy but when the pain is unrelenting, cortisone injections may be offered. However, cortisone injections provide only short-term relief, and repetitive use can cause the fascia to tear, cause flat feet and chronic pain.
Shock wave therapy may be offered before considering surgery. The surgical procedure called Plantar Fascia Release is accomplished with open surgery due to the risk of nerve damage, but surgery commonly fails to relieve pain. Stem cell therapy combined with Platelet – rich plasma can naturally reduce inflammation and pain and regenerate new healthy tissue.
Achilles tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon at the back of the calf that attaches to the heel. It can occur due to overuse or trauma and can cause tendon tears. The result is pain and poor function.
Treated tendons regardless of approach (conservative or surgical) heal slowly and fail to regain their pre-injury strength and function due to scar tissue and adhesions. Repeated ruptures, joint stiffness and restricted movement are common after these treatments. Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to regenerate the tendon to full strength and function.
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Diabetic foot ulcers are a debilitating consequence of Diabetes. Patients with diabetic foot ulcers are at high risk of amputation.
Current treatments include pain medications, bracing, orthotics, cortisone injections and physical therapy. If they work, it can take up to a year for complete recovery. And, there is a risk of scar tissue formation during healing which can interfere with a return to full function. Mesenchymal stem cell therapy can accelerate and improve healing of diabetic foot ulcers, reduce the risk of amputation and allow pain-free walking.
Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to heal and regenerate worn out tissues and damage naturally, eliminate pain and restore function for improved quality of life, without the need for surgery.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are our body’s natural resource for cell and tissue repair and renewal. As we age, the regenerative capacity of our stem cells declines, and can lead to various age-related diseases and conditions, and poor capacity healing and repair of injuries. Since we live longer and are more active musculoskeletal injury and disease increase. The result is more disability and poorer quality of life.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the unique ability for self-renewal, and have the potential to differentiate into bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon tissues which the body uses to maintain, repair and rebuild tissue. MSCs can be obtained from bone, tendon, skin, adipose tissue, umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid. The use of stem cells to regenerate tissues is called regenerative medicine.
How do stem cells work?
MSCs work by replacing impaired and failing cells with healthy cells to heal and restore damaged tissues. They naturally release anti-inflammatory chemicals that decrease inflammation and pain. MSCs create new blood cells to improve healing, especially in tissues with a poor blood supply including cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The result is tissue regeneration, pain relief, and improved function.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary procedure that harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally – occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas, to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function safely, and with low-risk.
The advantages include accelerated healing and pain relief that can last for years, and in some cases, can permanently eliminate pain and disability. This therapy can reduce the need for extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, usually necessary after surgery or an injury.
Am I a good candidate?
If you suffer with joint, tendon, or ligament pain or joint arthritis, and desire to improve your quality of life, and avoid invasive surgery and potential complications, stem cell therapy may be for you.
Not everyone is a candidate for stem cell therapy. The only way to know if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation.
At Physicians Rehabilitation, every patient receives a customized treatment plan based on their needs and is designed to produce superior results. The health-restoring benefits improve quality of life and in some cases, patients can avoid surgical treatment and lengthy recovery. For your convenience, we have offices in Fort Myers, Lady Lake, Naples, Port Charlotte and Sun City Center Florida. Contact us to learn how stem cell therapy can restore your health.
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