Plantar fasciitis is a painful and debilitating condition that primarily affects athletes, people whose jobs require them to stand for long periods of time, and those who put heavy stress on their feet. It involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, the strands of connective tissue that run along the sole of the foot, linking the heel of the foot to the ball and toes. It usually manifests as sharp pain in the heel or sole of the foot and an inability to point the toes upward. If left untreated, it can lead to other and more severe orthopedic conditions in the foot, shin, and knee. It is estimated that at least 1 million people suffer this sort of heel pain.
Traditional Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
There are many possible treatments for plantar fasciitis, but physicians often do not agree on the best way. Most physicians recommend some combination of orthopedic foot supports, physical therapy, and stretching of the foot and leg. Injections of anti-inflammatory drugs such as cortisone, occasionally with ultrasound therapy can also be helpful. It is difficult to predict what remedies will work in individual cases, and not everything works reliably for everyone. Surgery to release the tension on the plantar fascia is controversial, since it risks damaging nerves or making the pain worse. It is only used in cases that cannot be resolved any other way.
Non-surgical Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
However, there is a new technique for dealing with this condition. For the past two years, physicians have been developing cell therapy for plantar fasciitis and other bone, joint, and tendon injuries. Repair cell therapy involves injecting your own body’s repair cells, including growth factors and platelet-rich plasma, to treat the stressed connective tissue. These injections often work better than the traditional cortisone shots, since they not only soothe the pain, but can also regenerate damaged tissue. Repeated cortisone shots can actually lead to further damage in the affected tendons, but the same is not true of cell-based therapy.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and have tried, and been left unsatisfied by, traditional orthopedic remedies, it may be worth your time to investigate stem cell therapy. There’s no need to let your life be limited by foot pain, or risk even more damage to your feet and legs, when a safer, more reliable treatment is available.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that we treat using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of their condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based therapy.