Stem Cell and PRP Foot & Ankle Injections
Injuries to the knee and ankle develop early in life, after all we all spend a lot of time walking around this world and, for active individuals, running.
We look at all of the causes of foot and ankle injuries and conditions prescribe a complete regimen that includes improving general wellness and fitness levels, helping you lose weight and employing targeted applications of our regenerative foot and ankle injections. These Biologics—Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and Stem Cell Treatments—can help you avoid surgery. Despite the common nature of these injuries, surgical options like ankle arthroscopy or even more dramatic, ankle bone fusion are often recommended. These are painful procedures with uncertain outcomes. And they all certainly come with a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation period. Our work with professional athletes has demonstrated excellent results for patients suffering from wear and tear issues and outright injuries to their feet and ankles and we start there before exploring invasive surgical options.
Foot & Ankle Injections can help the following conditions:
- Ankle Instability
- Peroneal tendon tear or split
- Ligament sprain or tear
- Sub-talar arthritis or instability
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
For years, the medical establishment has put an emphasis on reducing inflammation and employed liberal use of anti-inflammatory drugs, typically NSAID drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen and or steroids. We now know that inhibiting or slowing your body’s natural inflammatory response slows healing by preventing naturally occurring repair cells from reaching your injury. Our targeted Biologic treatments are designed to provoke an inflammatory response while increasing the number of healing cells in the injured area.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments
Used in maxillofacial and plastic surgery since the early 1980s, the technique has been developed recently to aid in the treatment of professional athletes, recovering from injuries. We draw your own blood and concentrate the platelets to 4 to 5 times beyond normal and, using ultrasound to guide us, inject them precisely into injured areas. The treatment also activates stem cells in the injured area calling them into action. The procedure can be used in combination with stem cell treatments or alone.
Stem Cell Treatments
Adult stem cells are cells from your own body that are essentially “un-programmed” meaning that they can turn into other cell types (differentiate). They are naturally occurring cells that are can renew themselves and turn into other cells (differentiate). They are inside your body and are an essential component of the healing process. We know areas of the body where more stem cells occur, bone marrow for example. We are able to harvest these cells from your own tissues in high concentration and direct them with exact precision to the injured area.