Stem Cells and Tendinitis: What You Need to Know

Living with chronic tendinitis in your foot and ankle can be a painful experience. Tendinitis discomfort can be severe, making it difficult for you to play your favorite sports or even get out of bed in the morning.

Ryan Golub, DPM is a board-qualified podiatrist who specializes in treating tendinitis of the ankles and feet. Practicing at Arizona Foot Health in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Golub uses stem cells, a form of regenerative medicine, to unlock your body’s own healing abilities and resolve your tendinitis pain.

Learn more from Dr. Golub about the benefits of using stem cell regenerative medicine to successfully treat your tendinitis pain.

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis occurs when one of your tendons, the tissues connecting your bones and muscles, becomes inflamed. In your ankles, tendinitis can occur in your Achilles tendon, while your feet can develop tendinitis in the posterior tibial tendon and the peroneal tendon.

Tendinitis is a common overuse injury in active adults over 40, with flat feet or arthritis, increasing the risk of developing tendinitis. Tendinitis in the ankles and feet is usually a painful condition that makes movement difficult, with pain and inflammation in the impacted tendon being the primary symptoms.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are a special kind of cell with unique abilities. Not only can they grow and transform into many different kinds of cells, but they also are reparative, with the ability to heal tissues that are damaged in your body.

These reparative abilities give stem cells regenerative properties. Injecting stem cells, as well as amniotic tissues and platelets, into your body helps it heal more quickly from injuries. 

How does stem cell regenerative medicine help tendinitis?

Regenerative medicine using stem cells and other similar materials gives your body the ability to repair the tissues damaged in your tendon. When conservative treatments don’t work, regenerative medicine offers long-term healing potential for tendinitis.

In most cases, Dr. Golub uses amniotic fluid to treat tendinitis, which contains stem cells along with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other healing agents that support your body in repairing tissues and regenerating cells.

The amniotic fluid Dr. Golub and his team use comes from amniotic membranes, in the innermost layer of the placenta, which offer particularly strong healing powers from providing nourishment to a growing fetus. The tissue used in regenerative medicine procedures at Arizona Foot Health comes from donated tissues in the placenta normally discarded after birth.

When Dr. Golub injects these membranes into your injured tendon, they promote faster healing of the impacted area. You’ll experience quicker and more effective healing, reduced inflammation, and pain relief by combining regenerative medicine with traditional conservative treatments for tendinitis.

Regenerative treatments for tendinitis are routine outpatient procedures that can be done during your workday, and, over the following weeks, internally to heal your inflammation and pain while you go about your usual routine. If you’ve been suffering from ankle or foot tendinitis, make an appointment at Arizona Foot Health in Phoenix, Arizona to learn more about getting stem cell regenerative treatments for your tendinitis.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Golub online or by giving our practice a call.

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