Chronically painful conditions of the foot and ankle can often lead to some form of disability in a wide number of cases. This is primarily because the suggested treatment options fail to sufficiently address two core symptoms of any chronic condition – namely chronic pain and loss of functional mobility.
If a foot or ankle injury progresses into a chronically painful condition, 100% recovery from the injury can only happen if the patient experiences relief from pain, the entire muscle, bone, cartilage, and ligament structure is repaired, and functional mobility of the injured foot or ankle returns.
Treatments that Fall Short
Unfortunately, many traditional treatment options for foot or ankle pain don’t provide very much pain relief. What happens instead is the patient continues to walk on the injured foot or ankle and can end up with a permanent disability which then impacts their overall quality of life.
However, the emergence of regenerative therapies such as stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy have proven exceptionally effective in relieving pain while repairing a wide range of chronically painful conditions of the foot and ankle.
Regardless of whether the condition developed due to bone damage or damage to the cartilage or ligaments, regenerative therapies work by kickstarting the natural healing process of the body.
The Role of Regenerative Medicine in Treating Foot & Ankle Conditions
Regenerative medicine such as stem cell therapy and PRP therapy have created a lot of excitement in the field of medicine. The core focus areas of both these therapy plans is to speed up the healing process, decrease pain, and bring back functional mobility in a short period of time.
Most importantly, regenerative medicine requires little to no downtime for several chronically painful conditions which otherwise would require patients to get admitted.
In sports related injuries, the use of regenerative procedures can effectively supplement reconstructive surgery by minimizing downtime.
Some of the foot and ankle conditions which can be treated with regenerative medicine include the following:
- Tendonitis, tendon and ligament tears
- ACL injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Patellar tendon injury
- Foot and ankle osteoarthritis
- Plantar Fasciitis
Stem Cell and PRP Therapy – An Alternative to Major Surgery
Any kind of surgical intervention comes with several risk factors for patients.
These include: long recovery process, heavy reliance on medication to fight off infections and pain, and extensive physical therapy. And even after undergoing a traumatic recovery phase, the chances of 100% recovery are limited or subject to severity of injury and age.
In senior patients, in addition to the above factors, age is another major risk factor. Anesthesia can lead to other health complications, especially if the patient already has an existing health condition.
This is where regenerative therapies such as stem cell and PRP can provide the much-needed buffer against several of the above-mentioned risk factors. In fact, it is for this very reason that there is a tremendous demand from patients for regenerative medicine.
Since the treatment supercharges the healing process at the injury site, any further damage or degeneration of tissue or muscle mass can be effectively arrested or handled, and a complete recovery can be made.
For a patient suffering from a chronically painful condition, the idea of a treatment plan which does not include surgery is sensational news!
A Brighter Alternative
Regenerative therapies such as stem cell therapy and PRP can be safely used as an effective treatment plan covering a wide range of chronically painful conditions.
When it comes to healing soft tissue injuries, such as those which are specific to either the foot or ankle or specific chronic joint conditions, the scale and scope of recovery and relief from pain offered by stem cell and PRP treatment is not only promising but far more effective than some of the currently available traditional treatment options.
Consult with Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle
If you are suffering from a chronically painful foot or ankle condition, we can help you. You don’t have to live with pain for the rest of your life.