Ankle/Foot Pain

Traditional medicine offers few options for treating chronic ankle conditions like osteoarthritis and ankle instability. Fortunately, the expert team at the Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research (GIOSTAR) in Chicago offer regenerative medicine alternatives, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, to help you regain function and stability in your ankle. Call today or book an appointment online for nonsurgical foot and ankle treatment.

What causes ankle pain?

The experts at GIOSTAR offer regenerative treatments for a variety of injuries and chronic conditions that cause ankle pain, including:

Osteoarthritis (OA)

The most common form of arthritis, OA is a degenerative disease that causes the erosion of the protective cartilage in your joints. OA in the ankle is particularly common if you’ve experienced ankle injuries in the past.

Achilles tendonitis

One of the most common tendon-related disorders of the lower extremities, Achilles tendonitis involves inflammation and micro-tearing of the tendons that help you flex your foot. The condition causes chronic posterior heel-related pain.

Plantar fasciitis

A common foot condition, plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation and micro-tearing of the fascia, the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot.

Chronic ankle instability

Common in men and women who have suffered inversion ankle sprains, ankle instability is typically the result of inflammation and micro-tearing of the ligaments that support the ankle.

How does traditional medicine address ankle conditions?

Traditional treatment options for ankle osteoarthritis and many other ankle conditions are limited to either corticosteroid injections or surgery.

Corticosteroid injections have fallen out of favor in recent years, as they can lead to atrophy and predispose the ankle tendons to future injury. Total ankle arthroplasty, or ankle replacement surgery, has a long and arduous recovery period, requiring months of painful rehabilitation.

How does regenerative medicine treat ankle arthritis?

The experts at GIOSTAR use your body’s own repair mechanisms to assist in healing damaged tissue. Using platelet-rich plasma (PRP), your provider harnesses the growth factors isolated in your blood to promote repair and healing of tissue, not to simply mask the symptoms as a steroid injection would.

GIOSTAR patients undergo multi-factorial analysis, which aids their provider in developing a unique and customized protocol to help them enjoy life again and rediscover activities they once cherished. In addition to PRP therapy, your provider may incorporate physical therapy into your individualized treatment protocol.

GIOSTAR also offers custom orthotic fittings, which can help prevent future injuries to your foot or ankle by improving your balance and providing support for the arch of your foot. Orthotics are especially helpful for women and men who have abnormalities in their foot arch or pes planus (flat foot). 

What other foot and ankle conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine?

The GIOSTAR team offers a variety of regenerative therapies, including PRP, prolotherapy, and regenerative cell therapy, to effectively treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, such as:

  • Heel pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Ankle sprains/tears

Please fill out a medical review form to determine whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment. Call our office in Glenview, Illinois to learn more about stem cell treatment for ankle/foot pain. 

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