Foot and ankle injuries are common, particularly among sports enthusiasts. Many of these injuries can be treated with stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
When the ligaments which hold the bones of the ankle joint together are partially torn or stretched, for example when you badly sprain your ankle, they become painful, loose and weak. This changes how you walk and puts stress on other joints of the foot.
Ankle sprains and injuries which aren’t too severe can be treated with PRP procedures which will heal damaged tissues and tighten the loose ligaments.
According to Arthritis Research UK, 1 in 5 people who have sought treatment for osteoarthritis have it in their foot or ankle.
Arthritis is a condition which destroys the inner workings of your joints, including your ankles and any of the 30 joints in each foot. Osteoarthritis is the most common form and it slowly wears away joint cartilage and results from the wear and tear of old age.
Surgical treatment for common ankle injuries and arthritis include ankle arthroscopy, fusion of ankle bones and tendon grafts. These procedures can lead to a painful post-operative recovery.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and is often found in runners. It is caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain which often occurs with your first steps in the morning. It is usually treated with physiotherapy and corticosteroid injections.
All the conditions above can be treated with stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy which offer a shorter recovery time and less risk than surgery. Following these procedures, patients are often encouraged to walk the same day.
Foot and ankle conditions which can be treated with Lipogems® or PRP therapy include: