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Amniotic Injections

Rahul Patel, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Rahul Patel, DPM, FACFAS

Board-Certified Podiatrist located in Flushing, Queens & Nomad, New York, NY

As a regenerative medicine specialist and skilled podiatrist, Dr. Rahul Patel is at the forefront of advanced medical treatment options such as amniotic injections. If you suffer from chronic conditions involving your feet or ankles, amniotic injections maximize your own healing properties to succeed when less innovative methods have failed. At his offices in Flushing and Nomad, New York, Dr. Patel offers a variety of foot and ankle treatment options for long-term relief.

Amniotic Injections Q & A

What are amniotic injections?

Amniotic injections involve using an injection of amniotic fluid or amniotic membrane components derived from the placenta to help with tissue healing and reduce inflammation. The amniotic fluid is obtained from consenting donors after scheduled C-section deliveries and is processed to create an injectable product.

Amniotic fluid contains various growth factors, cytokines, proteins, and other bioactive components that can promote tissue repair, reduce inflammation, and potentially stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms. These injections are used in various medical fields, including orthopedics, sports medicine, and wound care.

The process involves:

  1. Donation and Processing: Donors provide consent for their amniotic fluid or tissue to be collected during childbirth. The collected material undergoes processing in a laboratory to create a sterile injectable product.

  2. Injection: The prepared amniotic product is then injected into the affected area, such as joints, tendons, or soft tissues. The injection is typically done under sterile conditions in a medical setting.

  3. Healing and Recovery: The bioactive components in the amniotic fluid or tissue aim to promote tissue repair, reduce inflammation, and potentially accelerate the healing process. Patients might experience reduced pain and improved function over time.

These injections are used in certain medical scenarios, but their effectiveness can vary from person to person. 

When other treatment methods have failed or are not a viable option for your condition, Dr. Patel may recommend amniotic injections may be recommended.

What foot and ankle issues can amniotic injections treat?

Amniotic injections are a treatment option that can help remedy the injuries or conditions you may be having with your feet and ankles, without the use of steroids or surgery. With its healing properties, this treatment option is commonly used for complications such as:

  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries: Injuries like Achilles tendonitis or ligament sprains or tears in the ankle can benefit from amniotic injections. The growth factors and proteins in the amniotic fluid can aid in tissue repair, potentially accelerating healing and reducing inflammation.

  • Joint Pain and Arthritis: Conditions like osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease in the foot and ankle can lead to chronic pain and reduced mobility. Amniotic injections' anti-inflammatory properties might help alleviate pain and promote tissue regeneration in affected joints.

  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Injuries to the soft tissues of the foot and ankle, such as plantar fasciitis or other inflammatory conditions, could benefit from the healing properties of amniotic injections. These injections aim to reduce inflammation and support the body's natural healing processes.

  • Wound Healing: For chronic wounds or ulcers on the foot or ankle that are slow to heal, amniotic injections can potentially provide growth factors and proteins that aid in wound closure and tissue regeneration.

  • Nerve pain: Via a downregulation effect, amniotic injections can turn off pain signals that otherwise cannot be turned off by other methods of treatment

Amniotic injections help reduce inflammation, speed up the healing process, potentially regrow tissue and/or cartilage, and prevent the formation of scar tissue.

What is the procedure for amniotic injections?

As a regenerative medicine specialist, Dr. Patel is highly skilled at providing patients with advanced medical treatment options that most other doctors do not offer such as amniotic injections.  Dr. Patel has been using this modality for over a decade and was the first to introduce it into the New York Presbyterian/Columbia/Cornell hospital system for foot and ankle surgery usage. 

Amniotic injections use the amniotic fluid, from the full-term delivery of a consensual donor. The fluid is injected into the affected area with a small needle, causing minimal pain to the injection area.

To ensure you are a good candidate for this method, Dr. Patel will properly diagnose your condition and determine the most viable treatment option based on your individual needs.

Amniotic injections are an all-natural, nonsurgical option that can be administered conveniently in Dr. Patel’s office. 

If it sounds like amniotic injections may work for you where other methods have failed or if you would like an alternative solution to surgery, call Rahul Patel, DPM, to make an appointment or take advantage of the convenient online booking option.  We hope to see you soon!