If you suffer a severe ankle sprain or fracture a bone in your foot, you might think your only treatment option is an invasive, time-consuming orthopedic surgery. However, thanks to regenerative medicine, it’s possible to promote healing and address inflammation using noninvasive means. The team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, in Decatur and Roanoke, Texas, proudly offers regenerative medicine to people of all ages. To make your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
Regenerative medicine is a cutting-edge branch of health care that uses your body’s growth factors––including platelets and stem cells––to relieve swelling and inflammation, promote circulation, and encourage healing. In addition, regenerative medicine is minimally invasive.
Unlike traditional orthopedic treatments, there are no stitches, sutures, or lengthy recovery periods involved. The team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle performs regenerative medicine treatments as outpatient procedures in their welcoming, state-of-the-art facilities.
At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, the team offers an array of regenerative medicine treatments, including:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s platelets or growth factors to promote healing. During PRP treatment, your podiatrist draws a sample of your blood and places it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around, separating the platelets from your blood.
Afterward, your doctor injects the platelets into an injured or damaged area of tissue, such as a sprained ankle, inflamed Achilles tendon, or arthritic joint. The platelets ease inflammation and swelling while promoting healing. Your doctor might also recommend using PRP during surgery.
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that involves your podiatrist injecting mesenchymal stem cells into an injured, damaged, or inflamed joint, muscle, tendon, or ligament. Stem cells are your body’s building blocks; unlike other cells, they’re capable of replicating any type of cell, including bone cells, blood cells, or tissue cells. When stem cells enter your bloodstream, they go to work creating new, healthier tissue.
Biological skin equivalents are a type of regenerative medicine used to treat open wounds and ulcers. Biological skin equivalents use living cells that are grown in a laboratory. When placed on your skin, biologics patches promote healing while lowering your risk of infection.
To determine the type of regenerative medicine you’ll most benefit from, schedule an appointment with the team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle. Following a review of your medical history, exam, and discussion of your symptoms, your podiatrist can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
If you’ve suffered a sports-related injury such as a torn ligament, you might benefit from PRP or stem cell injections. On the other hand, if you have a diabetic ulcer or slow-healing wound, the team might recommend biological skin equivalents.
To see if you’re a candidate for regenerative medicine, make an appointment at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle––call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.