What You Need to Know About Stem Cell Injections for Heel Pain

by | Dec 23, 2019

Even though heel pain is one of the most common conditions we treat in our Woodway office, no two cases are ever exactly the same.

One person may come in with terrible morning heel pain—likely a case of plantar fasciitis. Another may come in with heel pain that flares up after a run or when they’re climbing stairs—maybe Achilles tendinitis.

And among cases with the same diagnosis, there can be significant differences in the causes behind the condition, the severity, and the needs of each patient.

Having so many different factors with heel pain means we need a wide range of treatments to suit each patient properly. A plan for one patient may not be as effective as it would be for another.

For some cases of heel pain, stem cell injection therapy may be considered as a primary or supplemental part of a treatment plan. When heel pain is the result of a soft tissue injury—such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis mentioned above—this treatment is highly effective in reducing inflammation and accelerating overall recovery time.

If you are curious about stem cell injections, we will be addressing some of the common questions this form of treatment brings up below. If you have any further questions, however, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with them!

What is Stem Cell Injection Therapy? How Does It Work?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. The goal of this form of medicine is to stimulate or enhance the body’s natural healing processes.

In this case, a concentration of stem cells and growth factors are injected into the site of an injury. These are natural building blocks of our bodies, and help recovery by aiding cellular repairs where needed and forming new, healthy tissue.

The effects of a stem cell injection can include a reduction in pain, a lessening of inflammation, and a faster overall rate of recovery.

Where Do the Stem Cells Come From?

We can assure you with absolute confidence that the cells we use for treatment are safely and ethically obtained.

The stem cells in the injections are harvested from the amniotic sack after a viable cesarean birth. This is very special material that is considered to be immunologically privileged and has extremely little to no chance of being rejected.  The donations are voluntarily made for the specific purpose of creating advanced stem cell treatment options.  In no way is a mother or child endangered or even bothered in this process, and the materials would otherwise be discarded.

Once gathered, the stem cells are processed in a way that makes them completely sterile and safe to use.

What Kinds of Conditions Can Stem Cell Injections Potentially Treat?

Essentially, stem cell injections may be effective for any type of soft tissue strain or injury. Within the feet and ankles, this can include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Ligament strains or tears

However, please keep in mind that stem cell injections are not automatically the best or even a viable option for every case. We make our best recommendations only after a thorough examination of your condition. Learning about when your pain occurs and how it affects your life—among other questions—also helps us make recommendations that are best suited to your needs.

What Other Treatments Might Be Recommended?

Other treatments for heel pain may be recommended instead of or alongside stem cell injections. Some of them include:

  • Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy. This is another form of regenerative treatment that uses specific frequencies and durations of light energy to stimulate natural healing processes in the site of an injury.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Yet another form of regenerative treatment in which your own blood is drawn, separated into a concentration of platelets, and injected back into the site of pain.
  • Physical therapy. We may recommend stretches and exercises to relieve discomfort and condition areas in need.
  • Custom orthotics. When pain is being caused by a structural abnormality in the foot, custom orthotic inserts can shift excess weight and pressure away from trouble areas.
  • Braces or splints. For certain conditions, braces or splints prescribed to be worn at certain times (such as overnight) can greatly help relieve pain from plantar fasciitis and other problems.
  • Surgery. In rare cases, surgery may be the only option for finding substantial or permanent relief. We do not consider surgery unless more conservative means simply don’t or would not be effective.

Remember, though: this isn’t quite a menu to pick and choose from. We will make recommendations based on our findings and your unique situation, but please never hesitate to ask us questions about why we may recommend one treatment and not another.

Receive the Heel Pain Treatment You Need

Whether stem cell therapy, physical therapy, or another route is the best for addressing your heel pain issue, the worst thing you can do is nothing.

The sooner the source of your heel pain is discovered and treated, the faster and more effective treatment tends to be. Continuing to wait simply increases your risk of the problem becoming more severe and chronic.

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