Plantar Fasciitis Could be cured with New Stem Cell Treatments

Plantar Fasciitis Could be cured with New Stem Cell Treatments

heel painAccording to Web Pro News, there may soon be a way to treat plantar fasciitis with stem cell therapy. In stem cell therapy, plantar fasciitis sufferers would be injected with a solution of bone marrow and amniotic and fat-derived materials to combat their afflictions.

This method is predicted to work much faster than current treatments, which is good news for the millions of U.S. citizens living with this condition. Stem cell therapy is intended to be an advanced way of tackling the cause of the muscle strain, and is being adopted by clinics nationwide.

Plantar fasciitis is a common type of heel pain that can make walking painful. If you need help dealing with plantar fasciitis, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran will help you find the root of your heel pain and discuss a comprehensive list of options with you.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • OverpronationHow Can It Be Treated?
  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX;  and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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