No doubt you’ve heard about the flurry of high-tech solutions touted for eradicating wrinkles. Well, several similar ground-breaking discoveries are also now being used to eliminate heel pain.
Here at Central Massachusetts Podiatry we’re committed to offering the latest, innovative and effective treatments, especially those that are non-invasive or only minimally-invasive.
To that end, our patients are enjoying amazing relief from heel pain caused by a wide-range of issues (Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis and more) from three new high-tech treatments. Here’s a quick overview:
- Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP entails producing a specially formulated healing substance derived from a patient’s own blood. The blood is drawn in our office then spun at a high speed in a machine called a centrifuge to separate out healing platelets and produce a substance with a concentration of 5-10 times the number of platelets as normal blood. The PRP is then reinjected into the heel to speed the healing process. This procedure can be completed in our office in only a few hours, including both preparation and recovery time.
- Stem cell injections, uses human amniotic membrane supplied in a powder or liquid form. This super substance contains over 57 natural growth factors that when injected into an injured heel helps reduce inflammation and scar tissue, and regenerate damaged tissue. All of the amniotic membrane tissue for stem cell injections is donated by healthy consenting mothers undergoing scheduled Caesarean sections. The amount of injections needed, will be based on your response to the initial injection. The only side effect of the injection, is a potential for a moderate increase in tenderness and pressure at the treated area, and is normally noticed within 72 hours of treatment.
• Shockwave therapy, formally known as extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) Shockwave therapy, is a revolutionary, non-surgical treatment in which our doctors direct low-frequency sound waves to the injured heel. This stimulate the metabolic process, increasing blood flow and activating the body’s natural healing process. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first 15-minute treatment, although optimum results typically require up to four sessions. The procedure eliminates pain and restores total mobility. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.