Arthritis affects nearly 55 million people in the United States, and this number is expected to rise to 78 million by the year 2040, thanks in large part to an aging population. And when arthritis develops in your feet, the condition can be life-altering, severely impacting how you make your way through the world.
While there are no cures for the many different forms of arthritis, regenerative medicine is showing great promise in giving your beleaguered joints the tools they need to function without the pain and inflammation that are the hallmarks of arthritis.
Here at Arizona Foot Health, under the expert direction of Dr. Ryan Golub, our team understands the devastating impact that arthritis can have on your feet, which is why we offer the latest, cutting-edge treatments. As part of our arthritis arsenal, we offer regenerative medicine, namely human amniotic membrane-based therapy, to encourage repair and renewal inside your joints on a cellular level.
Here’s a look at how regenerative medicine can help with the arthritis in your feet.
The brass ring of care
Arthritis is a particularly frustrating condition for us to treat (and for you to have), largely because there’s no magic bullet when it comes to a cure. This leaves us largely treating the symptoms as they crop up and taking steps to prevent the disease from progressing too quickly.
While we have many stop-gap measures we can use to help you find relief and restore mobility, such as turmeric supplements, our goal is to offer sustainable solutions that go the distance. And this brass ring of care has been elusive — until now.
Enter regenerative medicine
The goal of regenerative medicine is to help your body regenerate itself on a cellular level, building newer, healthier tissue from the ground up. The problem with arthritis is that it affects the soft tissues inside your joints — largely your cartilage and synovium — which are surprisingly bereft of the resources they need for regeneration.
Realizing that these tissues need reinforcements, we supply them in the form of human amniotic membrane tissue. This remarkable tissue, which is harvested from tissue that’s discarded after childbirth, contains the crucial ingredients for human growth, including:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Multipotent cells
- Proteins called growth factors
This tissue we use is a dehydrated form of amniotic membrane, which we inject directly into the arthritic joints in your feet and ankles.
Regenerative medicine — a team effort
One of the fascinating aspects of regenerative medicine is that when we introduce these new resources, your body responds in kind, waking up dormant stem cells and flooding the damaged area with additional resources like growth factors and fibroblasts. As the newly introduced resources work in tandem with your body’s own supply, you benefit with tissue renewal.
But before this tissue renewal even takes place, the ingredients in the human amniotic membrane tissue address inflammation, which allows the free flow of healing properties to your feet. With the inflammation reduced, your joints have the space and resources they need to repair and rebuild themselves.
If you’re struggling with arthritis in your feet, please don’t hesitate to contact our Phoenix office at 602-973-3888 to learn more about the benefits of regenerative medicine.