Foot / Ankle Injuries & Arthritis
Stem Cell and Platelet Treatments for Foot and Ankle Injuries and Degenerative Conditions
Foot and ankle injuries are common among athletes and many of these injuries can be treated non-surgically with stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma or prolotherapy, depending on the nature of the injury. Ankle arthritis is also common as we begin to age, although many of us may experience arthritis earlier than expected due to an ankle injury in our younger days. StemCell ARTS offers the nation’s most advanced stem cell and platelet treatments for foot and ankle injuries and degenerative conditions. Contact us today for an appointment, or complete the Candidate Form below for more information about our stem cell treatments and to learn if you’re a good candidate for one of these procedures.
+ Foot and Ankle Injuries and Conditions
- Ankle Instability
- Peroneal tendon tear or split
- Ligament sprain or tear
- Sub-talar arthritis or instability
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
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Benefits of Regenexx® Stem Cell Therapy and PRP for Foot and Ankle Conditions
These non-surgical injection procedures happen within a single day and may offer a viable alternative for those who are suffering from foot or ankle pain and who may be facing surgery. Our patients are able to more quickly return to normal activity following their non-surgical procedure and avoid the painful and lengthy rehabilitation periods that are required following a foot or ankle surgery to help restore strength, mobility and range-of-motion.
Stem Cell injection procedure utilizes stem cells from your own body’s reserves to help heal the injured area
Fluoroscopy allows doctors to place cells into the exact area of need
Modern techniques in today’s medicine allows us to withdraw stem cells from bone marrow, concentrate them through a lab process and then re-inject them precisely into the injured tissues in other areas of the body using advanced imaging guidance. Through Fluoroscopy and MSK Ultrasound, we’re able to ensure the cells are being introduced into the exact area of need. When the stem cells are re-injected, they enhance the natural repair process of degenerated and injured tendons, ligaments, and arthritic joints – Turning the tables on the natural breakdown process that occurs from aging, overuse and injury.
How Are The Stem Cells Obtained?
The human body keeps a supply of stem cells available to help repair injured and degenerated tissues at all times, making it fairly simple to retrieve them for therapeutic purposes.
As stem cells remain in reserve, in the marrow cavity of your bones, we have found the easiest place to harvest these stem cells is from the back of the hip area (iliac bone).
Procedure is done in the office, under ultrasound or x-ray precision and guidance.
Patients lay face down as the doctor thoroughly cleans the area before numbing the skin and bone.
A special needle is inserted into the bone to withdraw marrow blood, which contains the stem cells.
NOTE: This procedure is not like a bone marrow biopsy nor is it at painful as one. This harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and not considered difficult as many patients claim it is not painful.
After bone marrow blood is drawn, it is taken to our onsite laboratory and centrifuged to concentrate and purify the stem cells while other cells that are not needed are removed, leaving a concentrated sample of stem cells used to help heal your injury.
The entire process is done by hand to enable customized designing of the stem cell specimen for your particular injury.
A preparation of your concentrated platelets are also gathered at this time for injection into the injury site to release growth factors that “turn on” the stem cells that will later be injected.
These platelets are injected again 3-5 days later to keep the stem cells activated and promote additional healing.