Heel Pain: Regenerative Therapy options to heal Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis injuries affect both seasoned athletes and every day people that are simply on their feet all day. It is a condition where thick connective tissue that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot, running from heel bone forward to the ball of the foot, becomes inflamed. The reason for inflammation varies but is commonly due to repeated trauma from overuse or injury.

While treatments such as foot bracing, strapping and cortisone injections can provide some relief, the best way to actually heal the injury and provide long-lasting improvement is through biologic regenerative treatments.   Treatments options include Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT).

Prolotherapy contains a solution of concentrated dextrose and local anesthetic (steroids are not used). This solution stimulates the body’s natural ability to repair damaged tissue, encouraging new growth and creating a positive environment for healing.

Platelet Rich Plasma initiate tissue repair by releasing growth factors. These growth factors start the healing process by attracting cells that repair, including critical stem cells. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy intensifies this process by delivering a higher concentration of platelets. The therapy involves a small sample of the patient’s blood placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing. Our process for PRP is much different and sets us apart.  Our samples are hand processed allowing us to produce PRP that is free of contaminating red and white cells, which can inhibit repair. It also allows us to customize the concentration and volume for each individual and each injury type greatly improving outcomes.

EPAT is a treatment based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process at the site administered allowing damaged tissue to gradually regenerate and heal.  It is a non invasive, officed based procedure which requires no anesthesia and has a proven success rate that is equal to traditional treatment methods, including surgery.

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