Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Stem Cell Therapy
If your first steps in the morning cause a stabbing pain in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. This common condition is an inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel to your toes. Plantar fasciitis affects up to 1 million patients annually in the United States.
Your plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life. Normally, these ligaments act as shock absorbers, supporting the arch of the foot. Too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments. The plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and the inflammation causes heel pain and stiffness.
The pain is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed, or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for a while. Climbing stairs can be very difficult. Quality of life can suffer dramatically, especially if you are used to being very active.
Plantar Fasciitis Risk Factors
You are at higher risk if:
- You’re overweight
- You participate in activities that place a great deal of stress on your heels and attached tissues, such as long-distance running, ballet dancing and aerobic dance
- You have a very active job that requires you to be on your feet often
- You have structural foot problems, such as very high arches or very flat feet
- You wear shoes with inadequate support
Conventional treatments include icing, rest, medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy. Some patients even need surgery. At best, the condition may go away in several months. At worst, it can take much longer. You can develop chronic heel pain if you ignore the condition. This can change the way you walk and cause injury to your legs, knees, hips and back.
What if there were a way to speed up recovery and get back to your normal, active life more quickly?
Apple Healthcare offers many innovative regenerative treatments, as part of its new Regenerative Medicine protocol. We use Clarix Flo, which is an injectable solution produced by AMNIOX® Medical. Their process is supported by more than 25 years of research in characterizing and preserving the biology and functionality of human amniotic membrane (AM) and umbilical cord (UC), which carry unique regenerative properties.
Clarix Flo is often combined with platelet rich plasma injections (PRP). This combination is used to treat plantar fasciitis as well as a variety of other chronic muscle and tendon injuries. It has excellent healing properties and has been shown to be successful in several clinical trials.
Tissues are safely obtained through a voluntary donation program, from screened donor mothers who give birth to live, full-term babies. The amniotic membrane and umbilical cord, which are usually discarded, are processed in compliance with the FDA and are certified through the American Blood Bank and the American Tissue Bank. AMNIOX© Medical uses its patented CRYOTEK ™ cryopreservation process to protect the fragile matrix biology and preserve the regenerative healing properties of AM and UC.
Regenerative medical treatments are still considered elective and not yet covered by insurance.
We offer several financing options. Care Credit is a health, wellness, and personal care credit card that helps patients get the financial help and care they want and need, without delaying appointments or treatments
Want to see if stem cell therapy is right for you? Call (865) 769-9685 and schedule an evaluation today!
You could save up to 20% off the cost of your PRP therapy treatment if you book an evaluation before February 28, 2019 (ask for details when you call).