Regenerative Medicine is an exciting new area of clinical practice that focuses on the natural healing of chronically injured tissues which have become unable to heal themselves. This is accomplished by either replacing damaged, non-functional tissue with healthy cells or organs; or by stimulating the body’s own tissues to regenerate and repair themselves through the introduction of active biochemical messengers (growth factors) and scaffolding’s.
The Problem- Degeneration-Wear and tear of normal daily activities results in micro injuries to our tissues – especially in weight bearing joints (foot and ankle arthritis) and lower extremity tendons (Achilles Tendinitis) and ligaments (Plaantar Fasciitis). The more active we are, the more micro trauma that occurs – ie, tennis and running lead to more wear and tear than a sedentary lifestyle. When we are young, this microtrauma is rapidly repaired by our body’s own defense mechanisms. But aswe age, our ability to heal is diminished. Our cells become dormant and lose the ability to divide. Scar tissue forms instead of healthy tissue. Coupled with the fact that we are living longer, this becomes a big problem – especially if we want to remain active.
As a foot and ankle specialist in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, we see chronic problems such as Achilles Tendon Pain, Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain, Peronal Tendon and Posterior Tibial Tendon Pain, Anterior Tibial Tendon Pain, Foot and Ankle Arthritis, Painful Ankle Sprains, Peripheral Neuropathy, and other conditions on a daily basis. Before regenerative medicine or stem cell therapy (stem cell injections) became available, there was often no good conservative treatment option available. Surgery was often required. Now, in many cases these problems can be treated without drugs, cortisone or surgery!
**While they offer a wonderful solution for many patients, Please Note That Stem Cells, Amniotic Membrane Treatment and/or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are not the best treatment option for everyone or every condition! Therefore, it is extremely important that you are under the care of a physician who is thoroughly trained in and offers all forms of treatment for your condition! At Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons who are trained and experienced in all forms of conservative treatment as well, including Regenerative Medicine, so that we can provide the best option for the individual. If you visit a “Stem Cell Institute” you will receive biased advise towards Stem Cell or PRP treatment because that is all they offer! It may not be your best option.