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Plantar fasciitis is a painful and debilitating condition that primarily affects athletes, people whose jobs require them to stand for long periods of time, and those who put heavy stress on their feet. It involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, the strands of connective tissue that run along the sole of the foot, linking the heel of the foot to the ball and toes. It usually manifests as sharp pain in the heel or sole of the foot and an inability to point the toes upward. If left untreated, it can lead to other and more severe orthopedic conditions in the foot, shin, and knee. It is estimated that at least 1 million people suffer this sort of heel pain.
How Stem Cell Injections Works
Traditional treatment for plantar fasciitis often required a combination of orthopedic foot supports, physical therapy, and stretching of the foot and leg. Most people recover completely within a year. In extreme cases, surgery is used to release the tension on the plantar fascia. However, at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we take a unique approach to plantar fasciitis treatment by combining traditional orthopedics with cutting-edge techniques in stem cell medicine to relieve the inflammation in the foot.
Our unique treatment involves injecting stem cells into the affected area with additional growth factors and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat the stressed connective tissue in the foot. Stem cells are the natural healers in the body. However, as we age, the number and the effectiveness of our stem cells declines, making it harder for older patients to heal from injuries. To rectify this, we harvest and process the patient’s stem cells to create a high concentration of them and inject them directly into the damaged area where they will begin to repair the body to restore it to its previous state. The growth factors in the stem cell injections will act as a stimulant for the stem cells and will ensure they are actively repairing the patient’s foot.
These stem cell injections for plantar fasciitis often work better than the traditional cortisone shots, since they not only soothe the pain but can also regenerate damaged tissue. Repeated cortisone shots can actually lead to further damage to the affected tendons, but the same is not true of stem cell-based therapy.
When do I See Results?
Stem cell therapy for plantar fasciitis only takes a few hours to complete, and patients will be able to go home almost immediately after the injection is done. Since stem cell therapy is a biological treatment that requires time for the stem cells to restore the damage areas in the foot, patients will not feel the effect of the injection immediately. On average, most patients will start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within 30 days.
Are Stem Cell Injections Safe?
tem cell injections for plantar fasciitis is a safe alternative to surgery and other traditional plantar fasciitis treatments. Since we only use stem cells and PRP that was harvested from the patient’s blood and bone marrow, the risk of infections or rejection is virtually nonexistent.