If you suffer from a foot condition that involves soft tissues, the podiatrists at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute may use advanced treatment options to provide the relief you need. One such treatment option is amniotic injection therapy. This treatment method offers incredible results for those suffering from such conditions as degenerative arthritis and Achilles tendinitis.
Amniotic injection therapy is a type of regenerative treatment option that is associated with the stem cell family of treatment therapies. While "stem cell treatments" require the harvesting of bone marrow-derived cells from a patient, they are still only FDA approved for a very small number of indications.
On the other hand, amniotic injection therapy is FDA approved as a tissue product, which helps to manage the healing environment for pain and inflammation associated with many orthopedic conditions and facilitates regenerative healing of the underlying damaged tissue.
While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, amniotic injections actually restore degenerated tissue while also providing pain relief. What’s more, these injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, relieves pain, and helps restore mobility.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Amniotic Injection Therapy?
All patients with chronic foot or ankle pain can benefit from amniotic injection therapy. The treatment offers a natural and safe alternative to painful, unnecessary surgeries and risky medications. Patients of our practice choosing this type of treatment may experience one or more of the following conditions:
- Foot and ankle osteoarthritic joints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Muscle, tendon and ligament tears
- General foot and ankle pain
In our patients with chronic wounds, amniotic therapy helps decrease wound healing time which, in turn, decreases the risk of infection, surgery, and amputation.
What Are the Benefits of Amniotic Injection Therapy?
Amniotic injections are proven to be very safe and effective, and also provide many benefits, including:
- Amniotic injections contain hyaluronic acid, which naturally lubricates cartilage and promotes new growth
- Amniotic injections rely on naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory agents, such as cytokines
- Amniotic injections stimulate tissue growth through growth factors
- Amniotic injections carry no threat of patient rejection
Additionally, amniotic fluid is a highly concentrated source of healthy tissue, making amniotic injections more effective than those from embryonic stem cells and even the patient’s own stem cells collected from bone marrow or fat.
But Is Amniotic Injection Therapy Safe?
Yes, amniotic injection therapy is safe. Over 10,000 injections have been performed in the United States without a single reported adverse side effect.
Ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons have been using amniotic injections for more than 20 years. Their use of it is well-researched, safe and effective.
In fact, amniotic injection therapy is the preferred type of injection treatment due to the fact that patient rejection is extremely rare. It has no DNA in them, making them neutral and allowing everyone to be a match. This also means you cannot contract anything from the donor.
All amniotic tissue donors must go through an extensive screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
We Provide Expert Regenerative Medicine!
If a foot condition such as arthritis or heel pain is limiting your daily routine or preventing you from enjoying the activities you love, amniotic injection therapy may be a viable option for you.
The podiatrists at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute are here to help you understand your symptoms and the reason behind them, as well as provide specialized treatment plans for your condition. All you have to do is call our office at (512) 593-2949 or request an appointment online to see if amniotic stem cell therapy is the right option for you!