The Amniotic Fluid Allograft is a new treatment at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center that involves Stem Cell Injections for Achilles Injuries and Stem Cell Injections for Plantar Fasciitis.
An amniotic fluid allograft is a breakthrough treatment that alleviates pain and provides healing without surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays, prolonged recovery time, or prolonged downtime from everyday life.
Foot and ankle injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, joint pain, cartilage damage, ankle pain, and toe pain can be treated with amniotic fluid injections.
What is an Amniotic Fluid Allograft?
This natural regenerative medicine treatment is derived completely from 100% amniotic fluid that is derived from a living, healthy donor. In addition to containing naturally occurring growth factors, this fluid can also greatly aid in the healing of stubborn injuries or pain.
Human cells or tissues that have been damaged by age, disease, or trauma can be replaced by amniotic fluid injections since it contains growth factors that boost the regenerative process.
This procedure offers incredible benefits because of:
- Over 200 growth factors are included in the Amniotic Fluid Allograft, including collagen, protein, cytokines (inflammation modulators), nutrients, and hyaluronic acid (which is of vital importance for normal joint lubrication).
- It contains hyaluronic acid, which lubricates cartilage and promotes it to grow
- While it contains anti-inflammatory properties, it contains no steroids.
- These injections are based on naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents, such as cytokines, which are small proteins released by cells that affect interactions between cells, communication between cells, or behaviors between cells
- It poses no risk of rejection by patients
It Poses No Risk of Rejection by Patients
Compared to stem cell therapy, amniotic fluid injections are considered safe, virtually painless, and noncontroversial by the FDA since 2003. This is because the amniotic fluid comes from healthy Caesarean section deliveries rather than blood cord donation, embryonic cells, or by removing any of your own blood or bone marrow to harvest stem cells required for stem cell therapy.
Though they do not contain live, viable stem cells, amniotic allograft injections include factors that come from stem cells. As a result, the effects are like stem cell injections, but we do not have to harvest stem cells from our patients.
What Conditions Can be Treated with Injections of Amniotic Fluid?
Due to the properties of Amniotic fluid, UFAI has successfully used amniotic fluid injections for foot pain to treat:
- Chronic pain relief
- Diabetic wounds
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Tendonitis, ligaments, and other soft tissue damage
- Tissue regeneration
- Ankle arthritis
- Inflammation control due to its anti-inflammatory properties (instead of using cortisone)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Joint injuries, including damage to the cartilage
- Toe pain
- Sports injuries and sports medicine care
- Ankle pain
Stem Cell Injections for Achilles Injuries and Plantar Fasciitis Safe?
Definitely. Since 2003, the FDA has regulated amniotic tissue products for their therapeutic applications in the health industry. To ensure maximum safety, amniotic fluid is sterilized using gamma radiation. It is tested according to the strictest federal guidelines to eliminate the possibility of communicable diseases. It also does not contain umbilical cord blood or embryonic stem cells. There is also almost no risk of side effects or allergic reactions in patients. As a result of the absence of antigens in amniotic fluid, side effects have been extremely rare.
There has been extensive research conducted in these areas, they have been found to be extremely effective treatments for the right patients and conditions.
How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?
Within four weeks of the initial injection, most patients experience physical changes and relief. After a single treatment, many patients with pain, inflammation, or degenerative diseases report significant improvement.
Do Stem Cell Injections for Achilles Injuries and Plantar Fasciitis Work for Everyone?
The right treatment for each foot or ankle is unique since each foot or ankle is unique. Several factors can affect a patient’s healing potential, so not everyone is a good candidate for amniotic fluid injection. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Pedram Aslmand will be able to speak to you about all your options and whether stem cell injections would be the right treatment choice for you.
To determine whether amniotic fluid injections would be beneficial to you, you should see your doctor who will examine you, take a comprehensive medical history, and, if necessary, perform imaging studies.
We encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our foot and ankle specialists call (562) 426-0376 to schedule an appointment.