Are you suffering from pain at the back of the ankle or lower calf? This pain may indicate a problem with your Achilles tendon, which can sideline you from your day-to-day activities for months. At AllCare Foot & Ankle Center with offices in Arlington and Dallas, Texas, we want to help.
The Achilles tendon is the largest in your body. It stretches from your calf to the heel bone, and can be injured in many ways including overuse, not stretching before exercise or sports, wearing shoes that strain the tendon (for example high heels), and sports injuries.
If not treated, injuries to the Achilles tendon can worsen over time. Dr. Michael Tran and Dr. Scott Floyd, the highly skilled and experienced podiatrists at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center, have the expertise needed to treat your Achilles tendon injury and get you on the road to recovery fast.
Our team uses a unique regenerative medicine technique to help treat Achilles tendon injuries. Read on to learn how regenerative medicine works and if it’s the right treatment for you.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine, also known as orthobiologic treatment, is a new advancement in healthcare technology. It uses cells and other body tissues and molecules to engineer and regenerate your cells, organs, or tissues and restore them to normal function.
Based on your body’s natural ability to heal itself, regenerative medicine provides safe and effective health and wellness benefits without unwanted side effects or risks. At AllCare Foot & Ankle Center, our providers treat conditions, like Achilles tendon injuries, with stem cells obtained from adipose (fatty) tissue in your body.
How can regenerative medicine help Achilles tendon injuries?
Stem cells deliver natural growth elements, which help repair damage to nerves, scar tissue, bone tissue, and more while suppressing inflammation and lowering pain. By injecting and stimulating the affected area with stem cells, your body’s natural repair process is triggered.
Other treatments, like pills and injections, enter the bloodstream and affect your entire body. Along with unwanted side effects, these treatments don’t target the problem area and as such can’t provide the best results.
On the other hand, regenerative medicine with stem cell therapy uses a highly specific methodology to target treatment and ensure the best outcome for our patients. That’s why Dr. Tran and Dr. Floyd sometimes recommend regenerative medicine in cases that might otherwise call for surgery.
Surgery can be effective, but it carries risks and complications. Recovery takes time, putting your life on hold for weeks — even months. Stem cell treatment avoids these risks and recovery time.
Because the stem cells we use at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center are taken from your body, there are few risks and your body’s natural healing system responds quickly, promoting better recovery. Research supports the use of stem cells in the recovery of many conditions, like Achille tendon injuries.
How do I get started with regenerative medicine?
Although regenerative medicine can be a game-changer in treating Achilles tendon injuries, it’s not for everyone. Dr. Tran and Dr. Floyd will carefully evaluate your tendon to determine the best treatment for your unique injury and physical makeup.
Regenerative medicine is a fast, pain-free treatment that comes without side effects and requires no downtime for recovery. Most of our patients report pain and symptom relief about three weeks after treatment. You should know, however, that full recovery can take several months.
Interested in learning more about regenerative medicine and whether it’s the right treatment for your Achilles tendon injury? Call our Dallas or Arlington office or schedule an appointment online today.