Foot and ankle pain is a common issue. Most people deal with the pain to avoid having to get surgery. However, did you know that there are non-surgical options that will help you find relief from foot and ankle pain? Intense surgeries don’t always have to be the answer as non-surgical treatments can be just as effective.
Most podiatrists only offer regular foot and ankle surgery options, but at the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona, we offer other, non-invasive options such as regenerative medicine techniques. These options include shockwave therapy, platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy. Non-surgical options are still effective and in most cases affordable, while also removing the risk of surgery.
Shockwave therapy has gained recent popularity, even though it has been around for over 20 years. Most patients need about 3 treatments of shockwave therapy to find relief from common foot and ankle injuries. Each treatment is only about 15 minutes long and is done one week apart from each other. Thanks to the extracorporeal pulse activation technology, shockwave therapy at the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona happens to be the most effective and advanced treatment that is cleared by the FDA. Pressure waves are used to help enhance and stimulate blood circulation, which also helps speed up the healing process. If you are suffering with foot or heel pain, Achilles pain, trigger points or even tendon pain, shockwave therapy could be the right options for you, with virtually no side effects. Patients have seen results immediately, reporting being completely pain-free after 4 weeks of their last treatment. Shockwave therapy can help you find relief without having to go under anesthesia or risk of infection. Plus, it leaves no scarring and no downtime is required.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
If you are looking for a non-surgical treatment to enhance the healing of your muscles, tendons and ligaments, platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP, is another option offered at the foot and Ankle Center of Arizona. This technique uses your own blood that is spun down and separated. This produces a concentration of platelets above normal levels. These extremely rich platelets are then injected back into the injured tissue, which promotes natural tissue healing. PRP is used to treat common foot and ankle injuries, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, arthritic joints, plantar fasciitis and even injuries caused by overuse.
Stem Cell Therapy
To decrease foot and ankle pain that is commonly caused by a tendon, ligament, cartilage or injury, stem cell therapy is a popular non-surgical option that also decreases inflammation. There are a couple of different options when it comes to stem cell therapy. First, the stem cells can either be an aspiration of bone marrow or from a donor. When stem cells come from the bone marrow, it will produce cartilage. This is commonly used in arthritic conditions or sports injuries. If stem cells are from a donor, the cells are harvested from placental tissues and amniotic fluid. Under sedation in an outpatient facility, a simple injection is used to inject the stem cells into the injured area. Stem cell therapy can also help with heel and foot pain, tendonitis, Achilles tendon injury, arthritic joints and soft tissue injuries. The results have been incredible and since stem cell therapy continues to grow, it also only continues to improve.
The Arizona Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona
The Arizona Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona offers specialized treatments such as non-surgical options for common foot and ankle injuries. Patients receive remarkable customer service, being treated with the utmost care. The staff at Arizona Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona strive to provide only the finest medical care including non-surgical options.