Both the foot and ankle are subject to a lot of stressors throughout a normal day. This is magnified if the individual is active in sports or a physically demanding job.
The ends of your tibula and fibula (the two lower leg bones) and your ankle bone combine to make up the ankle joint. Your ligaments, which function as a way to connect bones to one another, stabilize and support the joint. The muscles and tendons in your leg operate movement.
The most common ankle problems are fractures and sprains. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments. While it not as severe as a break, a sprain may take a few weeks to a few months to heal. A fracture, meanwhile, is a break in a bone and can take far longer to heal. Other injuries may occur to tendons, muscles, and cartilage. These types of injuries are fairly common in sports and are a staple in sports medicine.
Depending on the nature of the injury, foot and ankle surgery repair may be necessary. However, most doctors agree that nonsurgical treatments are recommended before surgery takes place.
What are the Alternatives to Foot and Ankle Surgery?
At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we offer two nonsurgical foot and ankle procedures for individuals in pain. Both, Platlet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Therapy are ultrasound guided injections that alleviate pain and repair injuries.
PRP and BMC injections make use of the patient’s own blood to help heal their injured area. While they differ slightly, the first step in both processes are in withdrawing a blood sample from the patient. This sample is then placed into a centrifuge to separate various blood layers (platelets, growth factors, etc.). The sample, with assistance from an ultrasound machine, is injected into the patient’s injured area.
PRP and BMC have shown great promise and hold great potential in repairing cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. By stimulating platelet activation, both of these injections mimic the body’s response to an injury. The activation of platelets help soft tissue healing and arthritis pain management.
Can Regenerative Medicine Help My Foot and Ankle?
Yes. PRP and BMC injections can help alleviate symptoms associated with the following conditions:
If your are in pain and believe you may need Foot and Ankle Surgery, please contact us for an evaluation and consultation. With a pain specialist, you will learn more about the nonsurgical alternatives that may suit you. Please call us at 201-729-0001 to see if regenerative therapy is right for you. Weekday and weekend appointments are offered. Our conveniently located clinics can be found in West Orange, Aberdeen, Clifton, and Lyndhurst.