Stem cell injections can significantly increase your chances of long-term relief from painful foot and ankle conditions and might even help you avoid surgery. If you think you could benefit from stem cell injections, the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists team can help. The practice has three convenient offices in University Park, Ellenton, and Bradenton, Florida, where you can benefit from their expertise in using stem cell injections to treat foot and ankle problems. To find out more, call the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists office nearest you today or request an appointment online.
Stem cells change into other kinds of cells and replace those that are damaged. As a result, stem cell injections can heal damaged tissues more quickly.
You have a supply of stem cells that your body uses to assist in the healing process, but your reserves of stem cells decline as you get older. Injecting concentrated stem cells into injured tissues enables your body to make better, quicker repairs.
It’s possible to gather stem cells from your bone marrow or fatty tissues. Another option is to use an amnion membrane, which provides a rich supply of stem cells without needing to have your cells extracted.
Amnion membrane is one of the waste products left after a baby’s birth that usually gets thrown away. The amnion membrane that supplies stem cells for injections is freely given and screened carefully to make sure it’s 100% healthy.
Stem cell injections are used to treat many foot and ankle injuries. These include:
Achilles tendinitis is a condition that develops because of overuse. Tiny tears in the tissues multiply over time, causing inflammation and chronic pain.
Plantar fasciitis is heel pain due to microtears in the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. Overuse, high arches, and obesity are the most common causes.
Arthritis causes chronic joint pain that gets worse over time. Osteoarthritis in the ankle, foot, and toe joints is the most common kind, developing after years of wear-and-tear on the joints.
Stress fractures are tiny breaks in your ankle and foot bones that happen when you put too much pressure on your feet.
Morton’s neuroma causes pain and pressure in the front of your foot.
The procedure for receiving stem cell injections is straightforward and requires no special preparation. First, your provider at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists injects the concentrated stem cells into the injured tissues or joint. They make sure they deliver the stem cells to the center of the injured area.
Afterward, you can go home and continue as normal. You’re unlikely to feel an immediate improvement. It takes several weeks for the stem cells to start making a difference. However, once they begin working, you should notice gradually reduced pain and improved strength and stability.
To find out how stem cell injections can help with your foot and ankle injuries, call Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists today or request an appointment online.