If getting out of bed each morning is made all the more difficult by stabbing and shooting pain in your feet during your first steps, welcome to the world of plantar fasciitis. While this condition isn’t necessarily serious, it’s no way to start your day, and it can become more painful if left untreated.
Here at Arizona Foot Health, we specialize in foot health, which means we have extensive experience helping our Phoenix area patients regain pain-free movement. And in our efforts to provide you with latest treatments and best practices in podiatric care, we’re excited to offer regenerative medicine, which is ideally suited to problems in the soft tissue, like plantar fasciitis.
If you’d like to explore why regenerative medicine is a game-changer for plantar fasciitis sufferers, read on.
Those painful steps
The reason why you’re experiencing those first painful steps in the morning or after a long period of rest is that of inflammation in your plantar fascia, the tight band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your feet from your heels to the bases of your toes. This tissue is strung taut, much like a bow, to provide support for your arches, giving you that “spring” in your step.
Over time, that tissue may succumb to general wear-and-tear, and it develops tiny tears in the tissue, which brings on inflammation. When you spend long periods of time off your feet, the tissue tightens. Then when you move again, the sudden stretching of the inflamed tissue can cause serious pain until the tissue relaxes again after a few steps.
The traditional approach
Typically, when it comes to plantar fasciitis, we treat the condition with special stretching techniques, night splints, and anti-inflammatory medications. While this combination does a great job in addressing the immediate problem, it falls somewhat short when it comes to long-term success.
More often than not, people who develop plantar fasciitis are more prone to redeveloping it down the road. This is especially true if you fall under certain risk categories, such as engaging in running or carrying extra weight. Until changes are made to address your underlying risk factors, we can only treat your plantar fasciitis as it flares up.
The long view
The world of regenerative medicine, which taps the human body’s incredible resources to regenerate and rebuild itself on a cellular level, is relatively new. One of the first medical circles to recognize the power of regenerative medicine has been orthopedics, as doctors turn to regenerative therapies to rebuild damaged tissue.
Recognizing this potential for his field of medicine, Dr. Ryan Golub turns to regenerative medicine for foot health issues like plantar fasciitis. More specifically, Dr. Golub offers amniotic growth factor injections to encourage tissue regeneration, providing you with healthier tissue that better resists the tiny tears that lead to plantar fasciitis.
The human amniotic tissue is full of growth factors that aid in fetal growth, and these growth factors are particularly strong, helping build a human life from the ground up. In addition to the growth factors, amniotic tissue contains cytokines, carbohydrates, lipids, hyaluronic acid, and multipotent cells (which can turn into different types of cells).
The injections that Dr. Golub uses contain dehydrated amniotic tissue, which he introduces into your plantar fascia. Once inside, this tissue releases the growth factors, which signals your body to send in more resources to help reduce the inflammation and regenerate healthy cells.
The end result is that the amniotic growth factor injections work to reduce your pain and inflammation while rebuilding your tissue to prevent future damage.
If you’d like to explore how regenerative medicine can help put an end to your plantar fasciitis, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to book an appointment.