Alternatives to Surgery
PRP Therapy For Achilles Tendinitis
PRP Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis
Escape Foot Surgery
If you are looking for a way to avoid surgery, no matter how severe you think your problem is, this article is for you. There are many types of foot surgery for many types of foot problems but in a majority of cases, foot surgery can be entirely avoided with safe and effective non-surgical treatment. The key is knowing which treatment will heal your foot problem, which will be more advanced than normal conservative podiatry treatment but not as invasive or risky as surgery .
Unfortunately, I have met many podiatrists that recommend surgery for various foot problems only because they don’t know or utilize the latest advancements in podiatry. The horror story is that people get these surgeries and are left with life-long symptoms. Worse, botched surgeries can leave a person worse off than before and now without a surgical option entirely.
Certain incredible non-surgical treatments, that I am about to discuss, can be attempted prior to surgery. If somehow ineffective, surgery is still an option and with no harm done to the foot, there is virtually no risk to these treatments. Both have an extremely high success rate and are often a surefire way to heal a painful and disabling foot problem. These two treatments offer a way to create new and healthy cell tissue that will replace and repair current damaged tissue. Both are part of the regenerative medicine movement, where, using the body’s own healing materials, accelerated tissue repair is possible.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP Therapy is one of the main treatments in Regenerative Medicine and used often to help professional athletes quickly heal from an injury and escape season-ending surgery. PRP Therapy focuses on repairing damaged cell tissue and repairing blood vessel damage. It contains over 30 growth factors that actively repair tissue damage.
PRP is made from the platelets found in the blood. During treatment, a blood sample is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge system, where the blood is spun to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood’s materials. The PRP formed, made only of platelets, is then immediately injected into the foot using ultrasound guidance, which allows me to see the optimum location to place the PRP. Platelets are one of the body's most important healing cells.
Within several weeks, the PRP, aligning with the body’s own healing process, helps accelerate the recovery time of the injury and gives a boost to the body allowing it to now heal what it could not on it’s own due to traumatic damage.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is often reserved to treat injuries that a PRP injection can not. It is a non-surgical treatment applying adult stem cells, derived from the patient’s bone marrow or fat tissue.
During treatment, stem cells are harvested using a simple injection technique and then immediately re-injected into the body, in this case, the foot, using ultrasound guidance. What’s great is that these stem cells are the stem cells from the patient’s own body making this treatment not only safe but also increasing the likelihood of success that the stem cells will repair damaged tissue in the foot.
Many podiatrists are now beginning to use stem cells but ones taken from an outside sample of amniotic tissue. The stem cells used in our office are from the patient making them much more effective.
Such Stem Cells are everywhere in a person’s body and are a “neutral” cell able to transform into many types of tissue, whether it’s organ, muscle, ligament, or tendon. When an injury occurs to the body or even during daily “wear and tear”, stem cells transform into healthy tissue that replaces current damaged tissue. This new cell birth or cellular regeneration is a powerful mechanism that the body uses to heal itself.
During a traumatic injury, there often aren’t enough stem cells in the immediate area to accomplish a full recovery. This is one reason why surgery is recommended in the first place. By adding a boost of stem cells to the foot, a profound healing process is initiated and stem cells regenerate healthy tissue and replace the current damaged tissue. Stem Cells both healp the entire injury to heal as well as instigate an acceleration of the body’s already ongoing healing process.
The success rate in Stem Cell Therapy is astonishing and many patients are able to fully heal their severe foot injury. If you are looking for a non-surgical approach to healing a severe injury, this is definitely an option you will want to consider.
Common treatable injuries include: Bunions, Metatarsals, Achillies Tendonitis, Bursitis, Heel Spurs, Arthrits, non-healing tendon tears and ligament injuries, non-healing fractures, and more. Call us to find out if your foot injury can be treated.
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