Regenerative Cell Institute offers the most advanced regenerative stem cell procedures for ankle and foot conditions. Our stem cell procedures and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are so effective they often alleviate the need for traditional surgery, fusion, or replacement.
Conventionally, surgical procedures have been used to treat ankle and foot pain resulting from common injuries and/or arthritis. These procedures have included ankle arthroscopy to “clean up” damaged cartilage, fusion of ankle bones where cartilage has been lost, and tendon grafts screwed in place to strengthen loose connections between bones. Such surgeries are not only painful but also require post-surgical recovery, lengthy rehab periods, and carry substantial risk. Stem cell therapy offers patients a viable alternative!
Stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) procedures provide an effective alternative for treating ankle and foot pain including acute conditions, chronic pain and joint instability, and osteoarthritis.
Chronic ankle pain and instability is generally caused by ligament damage, wherein the ligaments that hold the bones of the ankle joint together are partially torn or stretched, as in the case of a bad sprain or repeated minor sprains. As ankle ligaments become loose and weakened, it can impact the walking and cause additional stress on other joints of the foot. This is not only painful but also makes the joint more susceptible to repeated sprains.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) procedures are highly effective for ankle sprains and injuries that are not too severe as high concentrations of PRP can help heal damaged tissues and tighten lax ligaments. When injuries are more severe, or osteoarthritis is present, stem cell therapy is preferred.
Osteoarthritis of the ankle usually occurs in ankles that have experienced trauma, infection, or injury. Cartilage, a smooth, slippery, fibrous connective tissue, acts as a protective cushion between bones. When it begins to deteriorate, or is lost, the joint space between the bones narrows. As the disease progresses, the cartilage thins, becoming grooved and fragmented; surrounding bones react by becoming thicker and begin to grow outward and form spurs. The synovium (a membrane that produces a thick fluid that helps nourish the cartilage and keep it slippery) becomes inflamed and thickened, and may produce extra fluid, which causes additional swelling.
Regenerative Cell Institute’s stem cell therapy injections may help alleviate pain and serve as an alternative to surgery, fusion, or replacement.
Dr. Santos personally evaluates each patient to assess their condition and determine the optimal treatment plan. The process begins by harvesting the patient’s stem cells and preparing them for injection, using a proprietary treatment method to yield the highest concentration of stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). This concentrate is then injected into the affected joint, under local anesthetic, using fluoroscopic guidance to ensure precise delivery to the affected joint.
Stem cell and PRP treatments for ankle and foot pain are completed in office as outpatient procedures, under local anesthetic. Stem cells and PRP are harvested, prepared for injection, and injected in a single appointment. Patients experience little to no downtime and are often encouraged to walk the same day.
To learn more about Regenerative Cell Institute’s stem cell therapy and PRP treatments for ankle and foot pain, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos at one of our stem cell treatment centers of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mason City, Iowa, please contact us.