Regenerative Medicine for Foot and Ankle Care
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine uses cutting edge technology to regenerate human tissue to restore “normal” function. Also known as biologics, the technique replaces damaged tissue with new, healthy cells, encouraging the body to heal itself.
Why Are Podiatrists Turning to Regenerative Medicine?
Doctors in all disciplines have been paying close attention to studies that explore regenerative medicine. Podiatrists are particularly interested in effective treatments that address common foot and ankle problems without the need for surgery.
With any new medical technology, doctors must wait for the research that proves the treatment is both effective and safe. And, although some of these biologics have been around for decades, that’s a relatively short time in medicine. Luckily, numerous studies show promising results for treating plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and more using regenerative medicine.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma, commonly known as PRP, involves placing the patient’s own blood into a centrifuge to remove the red blood cells. The result, as the name implies, is plasma that is rich in platelets, which researchers believe accelerates the patient’s healing processes.
PRP is used as an injection for conservative (i.e. non-surgical) treatment for a variety of foot and ankle conditions. These include:
What Is Amniotic Cell Therapy?
Amniotic cell therapy promotes the patient’s natural repair responses via the injection of cells taken from the amniotic fluid, placenta, or umbilical cord after a caesarean birth.
These tissues go to a donor bank where they undergo a rigorous screening process under guidance of the American Association of Tissue Banks and the FDA. Many researchers believe we may someday be able to replace organs using this technology.
In podiatric medicine, amniotic cell therapy is used to treat a variety of chronic conditions, including:
Is Regenerative Medicine Right for You?
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