Regenerative medicine involves the use of stem cells to help the body regenerate organs, tissues, or cells to restore or establish function. In podiatry, regenerative medicine generally applies to damaged tissue, synovial fluid, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or muscles.
In the past, inflammation and pain have been managed using steroid injections that contain cortisone. While these injections offer anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively reduce inflammation, they don’t actually correct the underlying problem. This means that whatever caused the inflammation in the first place, such as plantar fasciitis, continues to cause inflammation after the steroids metabolize. Additionally, because of the risks associated with steroid injections, only a limited number of injections can be given in a certain period of time. Stem cell injections vary in three primary ways:
For these reasons, stem cell injections can be safer and more effective than cortisone injections.
The material does not involve any fetal tissue and is not embryonic. The material used at Extremity Health Centers contains mesenchymal stem cells from consenting donors that have undergone culturing and toxicity testing of the samples by the lab. Amniotic fluid is known as a rich source of stem cells that maintain the capacity to form multiple tissue types. This may contain potential for several clinical applications around the foot and ankle both for wound healing and for joint treatments, along with soft tissue injections.
Laser treatments often are utilized to allow difficult wounds to heal faster as well. When a diabetic patient has either a foot ulcer or a surgical procedure on the foot and ankle, wound healing may be an extremely difficult task.
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