Over the past decade, medicine has made exciting advancements in regenerative injection therapies. These minimally invasive, non-surgical approaches harness the body’s own natural healing processes to relieve pain, repair tissue, and restore function.
One of the regenerative therapies we offer at JAWSpodiatry leverages the body’s need for oxygen to repair and heal damaged joints and tissues. Specifically, prolozone therapy allows us to inject ozone, a naturally occurring, highly reactive molecule consisting of three atoms of oxygen, into damaged ligaments. At JAWSpodiatry, we use this innovative approach to address a range of foot, ankle, and heel pain issues.
What is Prolozone?
The name prolozone is derived from the Latin word “prolix,” which means to proliferate, regenerate, and rebuild. It is so named because it proliferates, regenerates, and rebuilds new cartilage and ligament tissue in areas where they have become damaged or weak.
Ozone is, in effect, a naturally occuring, supercharged form of oxygen. Where oxygen is comprised of two attached molecules – O2 – ozone adds one additional molecule – O3. When we inject ozone into the damaged foot and ankle area, the single molecule of oxygen splits from the other two molecules creating high levels of regular oxygen plus single oxygen molecules in the tissue.
How Does Polozone Help Heal Foot and Ankle Injuries?
Our bodies need oxygen in our bloodstream for a whole range of reasons. This includes healing after we have suffered injury or trauma to ligaments, the “rubber bands” that hold the bones, joints, and intervertebral discs together. When ligaments become weak either due to injury or simply the passage of time, they don’t do their job as well. In turn, this leads to pain in the bones, discs, and joints that the ligament is supposed to hold together.
These weakened or damaged tissues typically have low oxygen levels and decreased blood flow which limits the degree and progression of healing. Prolozone therapy works by increasing oxygen to the area around these damaged connective tissues.
When we increase oxygen levels and blood flow through prolozone treatments, critical cells rapidly grow and lead to the natural healing of painful foot, ankle, and knee injuries. Not only does prolozone therapy deliver optimized oxygen flow to help speed necessary nutrients to the painful area, but it also stimulates fibroblastic and chondroblastic cellular activity, further enhancing the repair cycle by increasing available oxygen and nutrients to the newly formed tissue.
What to Expect During Prozolone Treatment
When you arrive at our comfortable offices, one of our skilled podiatrists will thoroughly examine the area causing you pain. We sometimes use local anesthesia to ease any discomfort, though the minimally invasive treatment is largely pain-free. To maximize healing and improve outcomes, most patients usually require multiple sessions.
In some cases, we use ozone in combination with other regenerative procedures such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Since ozone must be made and used quickly, we produce the healing molecules just before performing the treatment.
While traditional approaches treat the symptoms of foot and ankle pain, regenerative procedures like prolozone therapy treat the underlying cause of pain and promote true, enduring healing.
Call JAWSpodiatry Today to Learn More About Ozone / Prolozone Therapy
If you’d like to learn more about how ozone / prolozone therapy may offer a solution to your foot and ankle problems, call JAWSpodiatry today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.