Until you’ve experienced foot and ankle pain, you don’t know how much you depending on the simple act of walking to accomplish routine tasks and maintain your quality of life. Fortunately, regenerative medicine in the form of stem cell recruitment therapy can bring lasting relief.
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain Relief
Foot and Ankle Pain: An Overview
Foot and ankle pain are often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection, and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot. Ankle pain can be associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area. The pain is often described as an intense dull ache that occurs in the foot bearing weight and with normal ankle motion.
Causes Of Ankle Pain
A sprain is a common cause of ankle pain. Pain can also be a result of: arthritis (specifically osteoarthritis); gout; nerve damage or injury, such as sciatica; blocked blood vessels; infection in the joint
A sprain is generally caused when the ankle rolls or twists so that the outer ankle moves toward the ground, tearing the ligaments of the ankle that hold the bones together. Rolling the ankle can also cause damage to the cartilage or tendons of your ankle.
Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in the body. This higher than normal concentration of uric acid (a byproduct of the body’s normal breakdown of old cells) can deposit crystals in the joints, causing sharp pain. Pseudogout is a similar condition where calcium deposits build up in the joints. Symptoms of both gout and pseudogout include pain, swelling, and redness.
Arthritis can also cause ankle pain. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Multiple types of arthritis can cause pain in the ankles, but osteoarthritis is the most common.
Osteoarthritis is often caused by wear and tear on the joints. The older people are, the more likely they are to develop osteoarthritis.
Septic arthritis is arthritis that is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. This can cause pain in the ankles if the ankles are one of the areas infected. It can also lead to severe foot pain as well.
Fortunately, modern medicine has an effective remedy for foot and ankle pain. It comes via the principles of regenerative medicine in the form of stem cell recruitment.
Foot and Ankle Pain, Regenerative Medicine, and Stem Cell Recruitment
Regenerative medicine is an outgrowth of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology. It offers the promise of restoring damaged tissue by promoting new growth. In the case of foot and ankle pain, this means the individual’s foot and ankle stop hurting because the cause of the pain has been repaired.
One of the most promising avenues of regenerative medicine, and one we have explored extensively here at the Pain Relief Institute, is stem cell recruitment. Stem cell recruitment has proved useful for addressing a variety of complaints including joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle damage, which means it can often prove therapeutic for foot and ankle pain.
Stem cells are “undifferentiated” cells. This means they can renew themselves through cell division and have the potential to develop into many different kinds of cell that the body needs. Thus, when a therapeutic procedure called stem cell infusion applies them to a damaged area, they can promote healing through the growth of healthy new tissue and thus provide stem cell therapy for pain.
At the Pain Relief Institute, we provide stem cell recruitment therapy via stem cell amniotic fluid injection.
Foot and Ankle Pain, Stem Cell Recruitment, and Stem Cell Amniotic Fluid Injection
Amniotic fluid is the clear yellow fluid that surrounds a fetus in the uterus. It performs many functions to protect the growing baby including cushioning from outside pressures, temperature control, and infection control, but for our purposes, what’s important about it is that it provides a source of mesenchymal (embryonic) stem cells. Embryonic stems cells are pluripotent, which means they can develop into any kind of cell. From a therapeutic perspective, that makes them more broadly useful than stem cells derived from adult tissue, which can only develop into different cell types related to the tissue of origin.
The mesenchymal cells are obtained at the time of a Caesarian birth without risk to baby or mother and with the mother’s consent. They then form the basis for therapy via stem cell amniotic fluid injection, a one-day procedure that provides an alternative to invasive surgery with its lengthy recovery time. At the Pain Relief Institute, stem cell amniotic fluid injection therapy is accomplished through the use of PalinGen®and its sister product Inovoflo.
Foot and Ankle Pain, Stem Cell Recruitment, PalinGen®, and Inovoflo
PalinGen® and Inovoflo are products of advanced regenerative medicine. Made up of amniotic fluid components, they provide an abundance of cytokines, nutrients, and growth factors and anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties. Donors are extensively screened to make sure they’re healthy, and there’s no risk of rejection because the chorion that has been known to trigger an antigen response is removed during processing.
Foot and Ankle Pain and Laser Therapy
Additionally, the Pain Relief Institute offers laser therapy for ankle sprains and foot and ankle pain. Laser therapy increases blood flow by vasodilating local blood vessels in an area with low blood flow compared to areas of the body that are surrounded by major muscle groups. This increased blood flow brings in the nutrients necessary to repair damaged tissues and removes the damaged tissue fibers Laser therapy also increases lymphatic flow which helps to reduce local swelling, decreases prostagladin formation which reduces pain levels, increases endorphin production, and expedites the body’s natural healing processes, which allows for quicker introduction into rehabilitation
Whether stem cell recruitment or laser therapy proves to be the therapy of choice for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with the Pain Relief Institute. We can help you with your foot and ankle pain.