Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Via Adult Stem Cells Could Help Athletes Like Nene

Patrick Frye - Author

Jun. 29 2017, Updated 4:32 a.m. ET

Plantar Fasciitis treatment via adult stem cell is proving to be a productive line of medical research.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Plantar fasciitis unfortunately affects many sports stars, even in the Chicago Bulls.

For example, the latest sports star to suffer from Plantar fasciitis is Nene of the Washington Wizards. Despite suffering from the pain, he’s continued to play, but it’s possible he’ll retire before the 2016 Olympics in Brazil:

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“Well, the Man makes the plan. The answer — yes or no — comes from God. I hope I can finish well, that’s all I can say. I mean, at that time, there was a lot of frustration, a lot of anger. My plantar fasciitis was just killing me. And when you’re not able to perform the way you want, when your body won’t allow you to perform, you start to think about retirement.”

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But what exactly is Plantar Fasciitis? It’s usually caused by standing for long periods of time or by putting heavy stress on your feet. Since Nene is a NBA star who runs and jumps around constantly, it makes sense he’d suffer from “inflammation of the plantar fascia, the strands of connective tissue that run along the sole of the foot, linking the heel of the foot to the ball and toes.”

Unfortunately, doctors don’t always agree on the best Plantar Fasciitis treatment plan. Some suggest a combination of foot braces, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and ultrasound therapy. Others suggest surgery to reduce the tension on the plantar fascia, but this risks damaging nerves, which would only increase the pain levels.

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Plantar Fasciitis Stem Cell Treatment

For years, stem cell research was always considered a promising medical possibility… just not yet. But the future is now, and treatments are finally available. For example, adult stem cells restored the vision to a blind man, grew a human liver, and it’s believed that stem cells could help regrow toes and fingers.

Human embryonic stem cells have been controversial in the past because culturing them used to result in the destruction of a fertilized human embryo. Much of the successful stem research has derived from somatic stem cells, also known as adult stem cells. But hESC are fully pluripotent, meaning they can transform to any cell type, while adult stem cells are typically multipotent, meaning they are limited to what type of cells they can differentiate into.

The good news is that companies have come up with methods to extract hESC from embryos without harming them. Better yet, the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, allows scientists to “rewind” adult cells from their final state back to a form that can be used for medical research.

The newest Plantar Fasciitis treatment plans focus on injecting adult stem cells derived from bone marrow, fat, or amniotic material. Some research material suggests platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the most effective treatment plan since it not only soothes the pain but can regenerate damaged tissue.

Besides sports stars like Nene, it’s estimated that around two million Americans suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. The best part about this new stem cell-based treatment plan? It’s considered outpatient and not even dangerous. Adult stem cells can also be used to treat degenerative arthritis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff symptoms, Achilles tendonitis, and other debilitating conditions.


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