You’re a busy individual: you work a full-time job, take care of a home and family, and even find time to pursue hobbies. Unfortunately, all this time on your feet has left you with an increasing pain in your heel and the arch of your foot. You try icing it and keeping it elevated, but nothing seems to provide long-term relief. 

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common types of foot pain, but many people don’t know what to do to treat it or prevent it in the future. Continued use of the foot can further the damage that’s been caused, though, increasing the likelihood that the injury will need surgery to repair.

Thankfully, there may be a solution with the help of regenerative medicine. Through the use of stem cell therapy, it’s possible to treat the damaged tendons and ligaments in the foot to help repair the plantar fascia. In today’s post, we’ll be looking closer at what plantar fasciitis is, what causes it, and how stem cell therapy can treat it.

If you’re interested in this regenerative medicine treatment for plantar fasciitis or another joint injury, contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria to schedule a consultation.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by micro-tears sustained by the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. When the plantar fascia sustains these micro-tears, it becomes irritated and inflamed, causing pain and discomfort in the heel and the arch of the foot.

When Does It Hurt Most?

Those who suffer from plantar fasciitis are most likely to notice the pain associated with the condition when they first wake up in the morning. As they take their first few steps, they experience severe pain in their foot. The pain may subside after moving around more, but often returns after long periods of standing or after sitting for a while.

Who Is Affected?

The people most likely to develop plantar fasciitis are runners, people who are overweight, and those who don’t wear shoes with enough support. A combination of overuse and too much pressure to the tissue stresses it to the point of tearing. 

Runners will develop it from the repetitive impact of their feet hitting the ground quickly, while people who are overweight will develop plantar fasciitis because their weight puts too much pressure on their feet. Even those who simply don’t have enough support in their shoes will develop plantar fasciitis from the pressure of their own weight.

How Is It Treated?

The most common forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis are physical therapy, shoe inserts, steroid injections, and surgery. The more damaged the plantar fascia becomes, the more likely that surgery will be necessary to repair the tissue.

These methods of treatment are only treating the symptoms of the injury though, not the actual injury. These methods rely on the body’s ability to repair itself over time, but sometimes that process just takes too long. Luckily, there is a way to speed up the healing process.

Treatment with Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is an amazing development in regenerative medicine because it uses what are referred to as the “building blocks for all other cells.” Stem cells do not have a specific function in the body. In fact, their job is to differentiate into specialized cells that the body needs to function properly.

When stem cells are injected at the site of an injury — like a damaged plantar fascia — they stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism and help regenerate new, healthy tissue to repair the tears to the tissue. Not only is this a natural healing method, but it accelerates the body’s own healing process. This means less time in PT, no need for steroid injections, and no need for surgery.

More Accessible than You Think

At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we want everyone to live life well and to the fullest. This is why we offer regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy. It’s difficult enough when you sustain an injury, so you shouldn’t have to deal with it any longer than you have to.

We use stem cell therapy to treat a variety of joint injuries — plantar fasciitis included. If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis or another injury to a joint, tendon, or ligament, contact us today. We are happy to consult with you about treatment options in regenerative medicine so that you can get back to living your life.