What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is an amazing medical technology that uses the healing power of one’s own body (or a matching donor) to repair certain foot and ankle conditions. Stem cells promote bone and soft tissue healing to help remove scar tissue, reduce inflammation, and help promote new tissue growth faster!

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

stem cell therapy epifix Stem cell therapy has become a fantastic non-surgical option for patients suffering from a number of painful foot and ankle conditions. The procedure is virtually pain-free. Using ultrasound, a vile of stem cells is injected into the desired location.

Stem cells have been found to replicate themselves and nearby cells begin to mimic them, making healing possible and producing an anti-inflammatory effect that can help reduce pain. Additionally, stem cells injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing pain and helping restore mobility.

The recovery time is a few days in a boot. The healing begins right away and can continue for months as healthy tissue replaces scar tissue and unhealthy tissue.

How Are the Stem Cells Obtained?

The main type of stem cells used in our office are Allograft cells, which are obtained from a donor or tissue bank. The cells are usually obtained from amniotic fluid, the protective liquid surrounding an unborn baby that is discarded as medical waste during caesarean section deliveries. All amniotic stem cell donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

The other type of cells used are Autograft cells, which are harvested from the patient’s own body. Our podiatrists first acquire some of the patient’s own stem cells by collecting a blood sample from a selected part of the body (usually the calcaneus, proximal tibia, or hip.) This procedure is most commonly done in the OR for pain control. Once the cells are harvested, unhelpful cells are removed, leaving only the powerful, healing stem cells.

Schedule your consultation today to see if stem cell therapy can help you with your foot and ankle pain!

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