Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Pain Relief
At Renuva Xtremity in Memphis, we offer a variety of foot and ankle treatments that can help you with your pains or issues. While some foot and ankle injuries may require surgery, we also offer non-surgical options for a variety of injuries and issues. Dr. Nathan Lucas, the podiatric surgeon at Renuva Xtremity, can help you get the care you need. Learn more about our non-surgical foot and ankle treatment options below and contact us with any questions you may have!
PRP and Stem Cell Can Be Used For the Following Conditions:
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and tears of the plantar fascia
- Achilles tendonitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis and tendonosis
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Neuropathy (nerve pain)
- Ligament injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Cartilage and joint capsule tears
- Joint pain and plantar plate injuries
- Non-healing ulcers or wounds
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP is platelet-rich plasma, where a small amount of your blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge to separate out the platelet rich plasma, also known as autologous blood concentrate. Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell which contains the growth factors that exist naturally in your blood to stimulate new cell growth and allow your body to heal itself. The platelet rich plasma is injected into the area being treated, which allows your body to heal this area and your injury or foot problem.
What is the success rate?
There have been many studies documenting the effectiveness of PRP treatment. The studies have generally resulted in a success rate of 80 to 85% with patients experiencing a complete relief of their pain and the results are generally permanent.
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are the most basic cells living in the human body. Their most amazing trait is that they can become many types of cell, from skin cells to muscle, from bone to cartilage. Amniotic stem cells are derived from amniotic fluid obtained during scheduled caesarean sections from consenting donors. Amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus during pregnancy, feeding it. Normally, this fluid is simply discarded. But with the amazing ingredients it contains, now it can be used for those in need.
Researchers have discovered that the amniotic fluid has an extremely high concentration of stem cells, even more than bone marrow in adults. When processed at an FDA regulated lab, the biologic material ends up containing significant regenerative properties, such as growth factors, hyaluronic acid, and stem cell activators. Interestingly, amniotic fluid is actually immunoprivileged, so it does not create a rejection reaction when injected into a patient.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is also called regenerative therapy, because it uses the body’s most basic raw material, stem cells, to grow or regenerate new cells that the body needs. Stem cells are undifferentiated or unspecialized cells, meaning that they are blanks that can be developed into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue. In the musculoskeletal field, stem cell therapy can stimulate the formation of new bone, cartilage, tendon, ligaments, fat, and fibrous connective tissue. So when the PRP is administered in conjunction with stem cells, the growth factors in the PRP act as an accelerant and enhance the transformation of the stem cells into the precise type of cell your body needs to repair and heal. For instance, if you have serious tendon, ligament, or cartilage damage, the stem cells and PRP are injected directly into the damaged area to trigger the reproduction of that exact tendon, ligament, or cartilage cell. This means, rather than just helping to heal the damaged tissue, we can now actually regenerate new healthy tendons, ligaments, and cartilage to help repair and restore the damaged tissue.
What are the benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy creates specialized cells that have a particular life cycle and purpose, like bone or connective tissue. Stem cells can replicate themselves, too, so it is theoretically possible to have an unending supply of these regenerative “machines” that can then divide and be guided to produce the cells your doctor needs to fulfill specific purposes in your treatment.
PRP and stem cell therapy can be extremely beneficial and used to treat a number of different pains and issues. If you are interested in learning whether or not this treatment is a good option for you, be sure to contact Renuva Xtremity in Memphis today! We will be able to help you find the right treatment for your foot or ankle problem.