If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or another form of inflammation in your foot or ankle, you may benefit from AmnioFix® treatment. Board-certified podiatrist Shermi Parikh, DPM, and the team at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Niles and Berwyn, Illinois, are proud to offer AmnioFix, which uses natural growth factors to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and reduce scarring. To learn more, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment today using online booking.
AmnioFix is a treatment for soft tissue injuries, including tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and bursitis. It uses growth factors found in amniotic membrane tissue, the inner layer of the placenta. Growth factors are proteins that naturally stimulate cell growth, including the generation of new, healthy tissue.
Doctors have used amniotic membrane tissue to treat injuries for over a century. The tissue used in AmnioFix is voluntarily donated by mothers who undergo planned cesarean sections and would normally be discarded after birth. The process doesn’t affect the baby or delivery.
Your doctor at Family Foot and Ankle Center may recommend AmnioFix if:
AmnioFix can control inflammation, reduce the formation of scar tissue, and help your injury heal more quickly and effectively.
When you injure your soft tissues, a number of tiny tears, or “microtears,” form in the affected area and become inflamed. In response, your body may form scar tissue, which doesn’t behave the same way as healthy tissue and can stop you from a full recovery.
The first line of treatment for a soft tissue injury is a conservative approach, including rest and anti-inflammatory medication. In many cases, this is enough for your injury to heal.
If conservative treatment hasn’t relieved your symptoms, or you have excess scar tissue, AmnioFix can provide a necessary boost to the healing process and help you avoid surgery. It’s also an effective, steroid-free pain reliever that uses naturally-occurring agents.
Your doctor at Family Foot and Ankle Center evaluates your injury to determine if you’re a good candidate for AmnioFix. You may undergo an MRI, X-ray, or another imaging test.
AmnioFix treatment is brief and requires just a quick injection into the treatment area. The injection site may be red, sore, or tender for two to three days after the procedure.
Your doctor may recommend aftercare to help you get the best possible benefit from AmnioFix, including physical therapy and stretches. Because AmnioFix reduces pain and inflammation while promoting healing, these conservative treatment approaches should be more effective after the procedure.
To learn more about AmnioFix, schedule an appointment at Family Foot and Ankle Center online or by phone today.