What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis, or “runners heel,” is a very common cause of heel pain in the United States. This injury results when the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue/tendon, is repeatedly over stretched, which causes inflammation and pain in the heel. Under healthy conditions, the plantar fascia acts like a shock absorbing bowstring, which supports the arch of the foot. If tension and stress on the bowstring becomes too great, small tears can result in the fascia. This can be caused by repetitive stretching, tearing or prolonged standing that cause the fascia to become irritated and inflamed.
How is Plantar Fasciitis typically treated?
When a Plantar Fasciitis injury is acute is it often treated with rest and anti-inflammatory medications. In many cases, an acute injury will heal on its own. When heel pain persists for several months and the symptoms become more severe, physicians will often prescribe stronger anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections. While cortisone injections can temporarily reduce pain, over time they actually weaken and degenerate ligaments and tendons. Cortisone shots are often ineffective in treating Plantar Fasciitis and can further damage or even rupture the fascia.
How can the medical team at Renew Regenerative Medicine help?
Advanced regenerative and restorative treatments are now available to treat Plantar Fasciitis without using surgery. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy helps repair the heel with local injections. PRP presents patients with a long-lasting treatment option using the body’s natural healing process. PRP uses platelets from the patient’s own blood to promote healing and regeneration of tissue. Typically, the plantar fascia heals slowly compared to the rest of the body because the blood supply is limited in this area. PRP can counteract this and accelerate the body’s ability to heal this area. PRP therapy offers an effective treatment option for Plantar Fasciitis with a low risk of infection or other complications.
The medical team at Renew Regenerative Medicine also uses Regenerative Cell Therapy injections to treat Plantar Fasciitis injuries. Regenerative Cell Therapy allows patients to use regenerative cells to help repair damaged cells and tissues in their heel. Stem Cell Therapy is the most advanced and, arguably, most effective regenerative therapy — stem cells not only heal and restore damaged joints, they have the ability to promote the regeneration of cells. Stem Cell Therapy can be used to stimulate a regenerative healing process in the heel and in this way can be used to provide many patients powerful healing and long-lasting relief.