At JAWS Podiatry, cell-based therapies and biocompatible approaches are optimal methods for ankle and heel problems. Surgeries are invasive and require recovery time, and are not always the preferred route. Our physicians are experts at applying regenerative procedures in lieu of fusions or replacements for ankle and foot ailments.
Cell-based therapy is an innovative and practical surgery alternative. Stem cells contain anti-inflammatory properties to help treat arthritis, ankle instability, fractures, plantar fasciitis or heel pain, strains caused by peroneal tendon tears and sprains due to ligament tears.
Unlike cortisone shots, stem cells minimize inflammation and restore damaged tissue, increasing the odds of long-term recovery. Aside from its medical use, stem cells are used in cosmetic enhancement and anti-aging treatments.
Stem cell therapies come in many forms:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
PRP stimulates the stem cells to trigger faster, natural healing. Your blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge to be concentrated down, and then reinjected back into the injured area. Research shows there is substantial healing and faster recovery with the administration of PRP.
Bone marrow therapy is similar to PRP, but blood is drawn directly from the bone marrow for an even stronger sample of platelets and growth factors.
Amniotic stem cells
As the newest form of regenerative medicine for foot and ankle conditions, amniotic membranes help draw your own stem cells and growth factors to heal an injury. We receive amniotic tissue from elective donations that go through extensive screening and transformed into injections. Amniotic stem cell injections can be used to treat plantar fasciitis, non-healing wounds, Achilles tears and tendon tears.
Your body can repair itself naturally, and regenerative medicine helps harness these capabilities to promote natural recovery. Regenerative medicine is an option for patients with new injuries or patients who previously tried other orthopedic treatments with no relief. We also offer cell-based therapies as an alternative to more invasive techniques for severe injuries. Each regenerative procedure is done in just a day, minimizing healing time considerably.