At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we treat a range of foot-related conditions with stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies. Suffering from acute foot pain can make the simplest of tasks tremendously challenging. Taking a shower or going for a walk should not be an uncomfortable or painful experience. Fortunately, our cutting-edge procedures are able to relieve pain as well as restore mobility back into your daily life. As our treatment does not consist of an invasive surgery, sore rehabilitation over an extended period of time won’t be an issue. Stem cell therapy takes very little time and can provide a positive difference for you or your loved ones.
Commonly Treated Foot Conditions & Injuries Using Stem Cell Therapy
Foot and ankle injuries are especially common among athletes or those who frequently exercise. These mostly represent tendonitis or overuse injuries but arthritis in the foot is becoming increasingly common as we age. Often times, injuries that occur while you’re young can lead to arthritis in your later years. The US National Health Interview Survey found that 24% of the population has at least one foot ailment, and at the Orlando Center of Regenerative Medicine, we successfully combat these ailments through advanced stem cell therapy.
Arthritis isn’t the only condition that affects our patients. Ankle instability, peroneal tendon tear, Achilles tendonitis, ligament sprains, and tarsal tunnel syndrome are all issues effectively treated through stem cell therapy. A good candidate for treatment is considered on a case-by-case basis, with our professionals analyzing the most appropriate course of action. In the majority of cases, foot and ankle pain is easily treated without the need of surgery. Stem cell therapy is efficiently and safely able to return functionality to your foot.
Common foot conditions and injuries treated using stem cell therapy:
Peroneal tendon tear or split
Ligament sprain or tear
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Foot Pain
Due to the exclusion of an invasive surgery, extensive rehabilitation following stem cell therapy is not required. Unlike undergoing surgery, our treatment consists of a minimally invasive procedure, while also offering a much faster recovery time and minimal postoperative rehabilitation. With stem cell therapy, long-term, if not permanent, pain relief is a possibility for many of those dealing with foot pain.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in our bodies that have the unique characteristic to self-renew. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and in turn repair damaged or injured tissue. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine we only use your own mesenchymal stem cells, or adult stem cells, to promote healing in the body. We aspirate these cells from your bone marrow found in the pelvis, or iliac crest. We use bone marrow from the iliac crest because research has found that this part of our body contains a very high amount of adult stem cells. When a concentrated source of these adult cells are placed in the proper environment of the body, they are able to differentiate into cells that are a part of the musculoskeletal system, allowing the advancement of healing in bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.
The Stem Cell Therapy Treatment Process
Many patients find stem cell therapy to be a pain-free procedure with little to no downtime, post-procedure. Our center uses advanced, state of the art equipment for each and every procedure performed in our office. Before being considered for a regenerative medicine procedure, such as stem cell therapy, you must have a consultation with our team in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. After being approved for the procedure, you will be provided with a list of medication and supplements that should be avoided pre- and post-procedure. There are some medications, such as anti-inflammatories, that may hinder the healing process for stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The procedure is performed in one of our beautiful treatment rooms under the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The procedure begins by cleaning and numbing the skin and bone around the pelvis area. A special needle is then inserted into the iliac crest in order to harvest stem cells located in the bone marrow blood. This process of aspiration is usually painless and is carefully done by one of our doctors.
Once the proper amount of bone marrow blood has been obtained, the tube of blood is spun in a high-spinning centrifuge in our facility. The machine concentrates the blood mixture so that the highest amounts of stem cells are separated from other cells. There is no other manipulation to these cells other than the simple process of centrification. This concentrated source of powerful stem cells is then re-injected into the area of pain or injury in order to promote healing in the body.
These procedures are considered minimally invasive and are done on an outpatient basis. We ask patients to expect that the procedure will last 90 minutes.