Foot and ankle pain can disrupt your life, limit your mobility, and interfere with your favorite hobbies and activities. Depending on your condition, you may benefit from regenerative medicine treatments from Matthew Paden, DPM, FACFAS, Dustin Kruse, DPM, MA, FACFAS, Brett Sachs, DPM, FACFAS. Regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s own natural healing ability to reduce pain and improve your mobility. Call or schedule an appointment online today at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle Center in Evergreen or Wheat Ridge, Colorado, to discover whether regenerative medicine is right for you.
Regenerative medicine is an innovative practice that stimulates your body’s natural healing response. Regenerative medicine uses stem cells or your blood to flood an injured part of your body with the nutrients and proteins needed to trigger cell growth and healing. Regenerative practices can support healing after surgery or treat degenerative conditions.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapy are the most common regenerative medicine practices. PRP involves using a sample of your blood to create a serum rich in platelets and then injecting it into your foot or ankle.
PRP injections are outpatient procedures and require almost no recovery time. The treatment starts when your doctor or a technician draws a vial of your blood. Your blood sample is separated in a centrifuge, and then the platelets and plasma are combined into a rich serum that has 5-10 times more platelets than a normal blood sample.
The serum is then injected into your injured ankle or foot. The serum floods your injured tissue with the nutrients and proteins necessary to support new cell growth, and over the next several days and weeks your body develops new cells to speed the healing process.
Stem cells are the basic building blocks of your body. These cells can develop into other cells your body needs at a given time. Stem cell therapy uses these cells, usually extracted from your own body, to heal injured tissue and encourage new tissue growth.
Regenerative medicine procedures facilitate healing for injuries and degenerative conditions like:
They’re also used after surgery or to support the healing process following a bone fracture.
Regenerative treatments relieve pain and accelerate your body’s healing response. The treatments are minimally invasive and can be combined with other treatments to maximize their effectiveness.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about regenerative medicine.