Regenerative medicine may aid in the healing of certain sports injuries and other conditions afflicting the foot and ankle. For instance, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments have been successful in speeding up healing and relieving pain in many cases of arthritis, torn tendons, muscle injuries, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, ankle ligament sprains, and more. Other emerging advancements such as stem cell injections and cartilage regeneration are believed to assist the body's natural healing process and offer hope for long-term functionality. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, contact a podiatrist to see if regenerative medicine may be appropriate to help treat your condition.
What Is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.
Uses of PRP
Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.
PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.
Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.
Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.
Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.
One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.
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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy joints and surrounding tissues. This leads to joint stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis often affects the joints of the feet and ankles. Although this is a chronic condition and does not have a cure, rheumatoid arthritis can be treated, and its symptoms can be managed. If your arthritis affects your feet and ankles, your podiatrist can help by prescribing custom orthotics, recommending exercises, and suggesting lifestyle modifications that may reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet
Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.
- Swelling and pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.
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Heel spurs are bony protrusions that form on the heel bone due to calcium deposits. These deposits tend to form over time and may be a result of a ligament that is connected to the heel bone being frequently overstretched and ultimately torn. The most common issue that leads to heel spurs is plantar fasciitis which occurs when the band of tissues running along the bottom of the foot get injured and inflamed. In fact, plantar fasciitis is the cause for around half of all heel spurs. Heel spurs are often indicated by pain, tenderness and swelling that can make walking difficult. If you are struggling with heel pain, it may be serious, and consulting with a podiatrist is recommended.
Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.
Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.
Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.
The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.
There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.
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