Stem Cell Therapy for Ankle and Foot Pain
Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of Ankle and Foot Pain. It is caused by strain, swelling or irritation in the plantar fascia, the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. This can make the bottom of your foot hurt when standing or walking. The underlying cause involves micro-trauma to the plantar fascia, specifically at its insertion point on the calcaneus (heel bone) where the soft tissue attaches to bone.
There are numerous conventional treatments available to relive pain from plantar fasciitis, including physical therapy, stretching, orthotic footwear with the right arch supports, splints, anti-inflammatory creams and medications, as well as minimally invasive surgery. While most patients have successful outcomes with conventional treatments, there are some with severe case of plantar fasciitis that do not respond well with the treatments and continue to suffer with debilitating pain and issues with mobility.
The human body has a natural reserve of stem cells that leap into action with injury and turn into other cells. They trigger the body’s repair response to injured or damaged tissues. Our body’s supply of stem cells declines as we age, making it harder to fully repair injured or damaged tissues. Stem Cell Therapy help enhance potency of our stem cells by aspirating or extracting stem cells from specific area with high volume of stem cells, then concentrating and purifying the cells and re-injecting them into the ankle foot area to trigger the body’s natural healing and regenerative mechanism.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
The advantages of Stem Cell Therapy are it’s non-surgical, all natural and offers quicker and easier recovery, with no downtime. Stem Cell Therapy is done on an out-patient basis and patients are up and about within 24 hours post-injection. There are patients who are able to do minor physical activities within a week after therapy.
- Non-surgical, so no complications associated with surgery
- All natural and comes from patient’s own body, so there is no risk of rejection
- Stem cells don’t contain steroids and relies on naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory agents, such as cytokines.
- Stem cells contain growth factors, which stimulate tissue growth.
- Eliminates use of pain medications
- Quicker recovery with no downtime
- Restores ability to do physical activities
- Improves quality of life
Causes of Ankle and Foot Pain
While strain or injury to the plantar fascia is the most common cause of pain in the ankle or foot, there are other possible causes for Ankle and Foot Pain, resulting in painful symptoms and difficulty walking or standing. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle instability
- Tendon tear or split
- Ligament sprain or tear
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Surgical Option for Treating Ankle and Foot Pain
For severe cases, such as complete plantar fascia tears, surgical intervention may be necessary. While we’ve seen great results with Stem Cell Therapy, it cannot fix everything. Dr. Todd Peters, a highly-experienced board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon in Irvine and Newport Beach, specializes in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery. He has helped patients recover from ankle and foot pain through minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, allowing them to get back to the activities they love doing. However, recent researches show that surgical options are not completely effective and involves months of physical rehabilitation to regain function, mobility and strength.
Choose a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon for Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. Todd Peters is a highly-trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon. He has expertise in joint and muscle functions, as well as diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
For proper treatment and optimal results, accurate diagnosis is important. Dr. Peters offers both minimally invasive surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments for ankle and foot pain. He has an extensive experience in using minimally invasive surgical techniques and joint preservation, as well as to stem cell therapy, with successful outcomes.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?
If you are suffering from chronic ankle and foot pain due to plantar fasciitis or other causes, you may be a good candidate for Stem Cell Therapy. Please fill out the form below and submit. We will reply as soon as possible with additional information and next steps to evaluate if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you. You may also contact Dr. Peters’ office at (949) 383-4182 to find out more about Stem Cell Therapy in Irvine, Newport Beach and Orange County.