Regenerative medicine is a rapidly growing field of medicine that focuses on using the body's natural healing processes to promote tissue repair and regeneration. There are different forms of regenerative medicine. However, they all repair or replace damaged tissue, restore function, and improve patient outcomes without the risks of surgery or medication.
Three Forms of Regenerative Medicine Used at North Florida Foot & Ankle Center
Our goal is to provide effective treatment with minimal recovery time. We want to get you back to the sports and activities you enjoy. Some of the treatments we provide in the comfort of our Ponte Vedra podiatry office include:
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy
MLS laser therapy is an FDA-approved form of regenerative medicine that uses cutting-edge technology to promote cellular regeneration and promote healing. This treatment is designed to target pain, inflammation, and edema concurrently.
MLS laser therapy involves two therapeutic wavelengths, 808nm (anti-edemic and anti-inflammatory) and 905nm (analgesic), that work together to provide optimal treatment results. The synchronization of the lasers creates a synergistic effect that generates more potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits compared to either wavelength alone and without the risk of thermal damage.
MLS Laser Therapy delivers precisely controlled laser therapy, allowing for the exact delivery of therapeutic doses that were previously unattainable with early-generation Class IV laser technology. This groundbreaking technology has revolutionized regenerative medicine, providing patients with an effective and non-invasive way to address a variety of painful foot and ankle conditions.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a medical procedure that employs a patient's own blood to aid in the healing of foot and ankle conditions. The procedure begins with collecting a small blood sample from the patient. Then, the blood is put into a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and growth factors. The concentrated PRP is then injected into the affected region to activate the body's stem cells and natural healing mechanisms. PRP therapy is a safe and minimally invasive treatment alternative for individuals dealing with foot and ankle injuries or conditions.
Radial Pulse Therapy (RPT)
Radial Pulse Therapy is an FDA-approved non-invasive therapeutic treatment that employs low-pressure radial waves to permeate deep into the tissue and activate the body's innate healing response. The radial waves help to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and improve circulation in the targeted area. This improved blood flow facilitates the delivery of oxygen to the body, which in turn reduces swelling and discomfort.
Foot and Ankle Conditions We Treat With Regenerative Medicine
Our experienced podiatrists will diagnose your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. We may consider one or more of the forms of regenerative medicine described above to treat:
- Heel pain. Heel pain has many causes, including but not limited to plantar fasciitis and arthritis. Regenerative medicine can help heel tendons, joints, and tissue to relieve pain and swelling.
- Achilles tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis can cause significant pain above your heel or on the back of your leg. It may keep you out of sports and interfere with your daily activities. Regenerative medicine offers you a way to heal with minimal downtime
- Foot and ankle sprains. Sprains occur when the ligaments between the bones stretch or tear. Regenerative medicine can help the ligament heal.
- Chronic foot and ankle conditions. Chronic pain, arthritis, ligament issues, wounds that won't heal, and other ongoing foot and ankle problems may be treated without the risks of surgery or medication. Instead, a form of regenerative medicine may treat your pain effectively.
You have treatment options. The North Florida Foot & Ankle Center podiatry team is ready to discuss all of your options with you so that you can make informed treatment decisions. MLS laser therapy, PRP therapy, and RPT are all highly effective treatments with minimal downtime and few, if any, side effects. One or more of these treatments may be right for you.