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Treatments for Chronic Foot Pain

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Treatments for Chronic Foot Pain

Did you know that one in three Americans suffers from chronic pain? This is a startling statistic, and it means that many people are struggling every day with pain that doesn’t go away. Chronic foot pain is debilitating and can make life very difficult. But there is hope. There are things you can do to treat your chronic pain and make your life a little bit easier. Read below about the various cutting-edge treatment options.

Laser Therapy
What is MLS Laser Therapy?

The FDA-Cleared Class IV MLS Laser uses concentrated light energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process to minimize pain and inflammation. It also promotes healing. The laser treats conditions without excessive thermal effect (a.k.a heat), since it is painful. The MLS laser is a cold laser, which uses specific wavelengths and a patented delivery system to speed up the process of relieving inflammation and repairing damaged tissue.

Will MLS Laser Therapy Work?

For 80-90% of patients, the answer is yes! Most patients feel a 75% reduction in pain after just six laser treatments performed in two weeks. Many patients who were scheduled for surgery were able to delay or cancel their surgery because MLS laser therapy significantly reduced or eliminated their pain.

Is the Effect Long Lasting?

While each person and condition varies, patients receive tremendous relief from laser therapy. Some do not need additional treatments in the future. Some conditions, such as arthritis or neuropathy, are degenerative and may require monthly MLS laser treatments to keep the inflammation at bay.

PRP

When someone has had chronic foot pain one of our first suggestions is to do a PRP injection. Platelet rich plasma (a.k.a PRP) therapy works to reduce inflammation and pain by injecting your body’s own platelets into a targeted area to help heal the area with your body’s own cells.  Platelets are the “fixer-upper” cells of the body.  They are the first line of response when you have an injury.  They form a clot and release growth factor proteins to signal the body to heal.  This allows the pain to decrease rapidly as it facilitates the reduction in inflammation and heals the tissues.

How does it work?

The process involves drawing the patient’s blood in the office, placing the blood in a centrifuge and then drawing off the platelet concentration.  The platelet concentration is then injected in and around the affected area with ultrasound guidance.  We typically immobilize the patient with a boot and/or crutches for two weeks until re-evaluation.

See what a patient had to say about how PRP helped her.

Stem Cells

Put simply, stem cells are primitive cells in your body. They are cells that don’t yet have a job to do. This makes them ideal for treating injuries and reducing inflammation because they can differentiate into the cells required to repair tissue.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stems cells are injected directly into the area of inflammation or injury to help regenerate damaged cells. Stem cell therapy can help slow the progression of conditions, such as arthritis, by inciting a response to reduce inflammation. It kick starts the healing process that was previously at a stand-still.

 ReNuvea™

ReNuvea™ works to replenish the lost chaperone proteins by providing your body with bioidentical chaperone proteins. These chaperone proteins help rejuvenate and regenerate the cells in our body to aid in the repair of injured tissue, reduction of inflammation and the healing of wounds. Apply ReNuvea™ transdermally (topically) to your wrist for one week every four months.

What are Chaperone Proteins?

The main job of the chaperone protein is to make sure proteins are properly folded, making it a key promoter for repairing and regenerating cells.  However, as we age, we begin to lose these proteins. This leads to an instability of the mitochondria which makes it more difficult for your body repair and heal itself. This is why our skin loses plasticity as we age and why we have a harder time healing injuries.

Chronic foot pain can be extremely debilitating and frustrating to treat. However, advancements in medicine provide more options than ever before to help manage and treat chronic pain and injuries. If you are struggling with chronic foot pain, I encourage you to call our office at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online so that we can discuss which option is best for you and pricing. Regenerative medicine is not yet covered by insurance.

Remember, you’re not alone in this; many people suffer from chronic foot pain and we’re here to help.

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