If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the ankle, tears in the tendons and ligaments of the ankle, or plantar fasciitis, you know pain. The reality is that if you are like many individuals suffering from chronic ankle or foot pain, you likely also know that there are few ideal treatment options.
How does PRP and stem cell therapy treat ankle and foot conditions?
When you think of stem cells, you may think of regenerating tissue after an injury. Stem cells can also play a role in the treatment of common conditions like osteoarthritis, damaged cartilage, plantar fasciitis, tendon tears, and ligament tears.
- This type of therapy is called autologous stem cell therapy because it uses your own stem cells. The first step is to harvest the stem cells from your bone marrow or fat tissue. Then the cells are injected into the affected area. The stem cells will then help to regenerate damaged tissue and relieve pain.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another promising treatment for these conditions. PRP is a concentration of platelets in your own blood. When injected into the affected area, PRP can help to stimulate the healing process.
Both autologous stem cell therapy and PRP offer hope for people who are struggling with chronic pain.