Wound Care: What You Need to Know About Amniotic Stem Cell Injections

If you have a condition that leaves you susceptible to foot or lower leg wounds, such as diabetes, you know how important it is to guard against foot damage. A small cut can quickly turn into an infected foot ulcer.

Diabetic foot ulcers can be stubborn wounds. Diabetes causes most of the foot and lower leg amputations in the United States. Of those who have amputations related to diabetes, 85% had foot ulcers preceding the operation.

Advances in medicine have given physicians new tools in their arsenal when treating foot wounds. The Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center team uses stem cell products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to hasten and improve healing in diabetic foot wounds. 

Difficult wound healing

It’s easy to miss a cut or sore on your foot if you have diabetes because you may experience neuropathy, or lack of feeling there, along with poor circulation. Poor circulation leads to difficult wound healing because your skin tissue isn’t getting an adequate blood supply that includes healing nutrients. Wound healing can take weeks or months with rounds of antibiotics. 

Amniotic stem cells have healing properties

At Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, Kyle Durfey, DPM, and Brian Hiapo, DPM, may use an approved, sterilized, and processed amniotic stem cell-derivative solution to improve wound healing results in their patients in addition to standard care.

The only stem cell derivatives FDA-approved for use are formed from umbilical cord blood. Cord blood contains cells from the amniotic membrane within the placenta. The placenta has thousands of proteins, and the amniotic tissue within it has healing nutrients. 

Volunteers donate the placenta. It used to be routinely discarded after birth, but scientists have discovered incredible healing properties contained in the amniotic cells. Labs now process these special cells and provide an injectable solution containing their derivatives to physicians for use in wound care.

Healing properties of stem cells related to skin tissue

A 2017 study contained in the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine concludes that a variety of stem cells can aid skin tissue regeneration; they “hold great promise” for regenerative medicine’s future.

The study notes that several types of stem cells have anti-inflammatory healing properties and have the potential to form new blood vessels carrying nutrients to degraded skin tissue. Skin tissue repair from stem cells provides the possibility of more affordable care for stubborn wounds, a finding that insurance companies are sure to note. 

A 2017 meta-analysis published by the National Library of Medicine showed that treating diabetic foot ulcers with amniotic stem cells improves healing when compared to the current standard of care. 

In-office treatment with stem cell injections 

Wound care with stem cells is quick, convenient, and basically pain-free. Your doctor injects the solution in the target area near damaged tissue. Stem cell treatment, along with standard treatments, can hasten the healing of diabetic foot wounds as well as certain musculoskeletal foot problems.

Learn more about how amniotic stem cell injections can help with wound care. Call or book an appointment online with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center in Laveen, Arizona, for all of your foot and ankle needs.

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