At Sierra Foot & Ankle, we offer several advanced therapies designed to help our patients heal and recover quickly and safely from painful conditions—even in situations where more conventional therapies have repeatedly failed.
One of the most cost-effective, scientifically validated, and highly successful options we have available is AmnioFix injection therapy.
This extremely powerful treatment can not only bring swift pain relief for an injury, but also accelerate the natural healing process to repair the damage and provide long-term results—especially when combined with MLS laser therapy.
What Is AmnioFix?
AmnioFix is an injectable medical product derived from purified, dehydrated, screened, and preserved amniotic and placental tissue.
The gathering process is 100% safe and ethical and poses no risks to mother or child. Tissue is voluntarily donated after scheduled C-section births. Rather than being discarded as normal, the amniotic and placental tissue can be used to develop healing products for others.
How Do AmnioFix Injections Work?
Amniotic and placental tissue is packed with key nutrients and components that are critically important for cellular repair, including around 300 regulatory proteins (growth factors, cytokines, enzyme inhibitors).
AmnioFix helps facilitate several natural healing responses. This includes signaling neighboring cells to supply the area with additional stem cells, as well as drawing more oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues.
When injected into an area of the body dealing with inflammatory pain, AmnioFix can help your body quickly and naturally accelerate the healing process, control inflammation, and regenerate damaged tissue.
What Conditions Can Be Treated by AmnioFix?
AmnioFix is typically recommended for soft tissue inflammation, or almost any injured or damaged tissue that isn’t healing as it should. We have used AmnioFix to successfully treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains, neuromas, capsulitis, and many other tendon, ligament, or muscle injuries. This includes both chronic pain and acute traumas (such as partial tendon ruptures).
If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions and more conventional treatments have not produced sufficient relief from symptoms, AmnioFix should be strongly considered.
How Is AmnioFix Different from a Cortisone Injection?
Cortisone injections are meant to provide medium-term to long-term symptom relief, but they do not heal damaged tissue or treat the root causes of an injury or inflammation. Other treatments will be necessary to repair the injury before the effect of the injection wears off.
An AmnioFix injection addresses both the symptoms of the injury and helps it to heal. This provides a more complete and dependable solution to the problem, although additional preventative steps (such as custom orthotics) may need to be taken to keep the injury from returning, depending on the root causes.
Is AmnioFix Safe?
AmnioFix is an extremely safe treatment, with virtually no risk of severe side effects or rejection.
Amniotic and placental tissue is naturally “privileged” by the immune system, in order to protect developing babies in the womb from being accidentally attacked by mom’s immune system. Furthermore, all the ingredients in the AmnioFix injectable are natural biological material that the body produces and uses. There are no synthetic chemicals or drugs of any kind, including anesthetic. It’s also rigorously screened, tested, and processed before approved for use. In short, there is nothing dangerous for your body to react to or reject.
Amniotic and placental tissues have been used for more than 100 years to help treat inflammatory conditions. More than 100,000 individuals nationwide have undergone AmnioFix injections, with no medical complications or severe side effects reported.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
AmnioFix injections can be performed very quickly, right in our office. You do not need to make any special preparations beforehand, and you will be able to go home soon after the injection. We use ultrasound guidance to ensure that the injection is made in the precise location where it will have the maximum effect.
As mentioned above, we typically use AmnioFix in combination with MLS laser therapy, a treatment which uses light energy to accelerate natural healing functions (including boosting cellular metabolism and increasing vascularization). These treatments reinforce one another, and by using them in combination we can derive even better and faster results than using either one independently.
Depending on the type and cause of your injury, we may provide you with additional aftercare instructions or treatment recommendations, such as specific stretches to perform or custom orthotics to wear. Following these instructions carefully will help you get the most out of your treatment.
There may be some slight redness and tenderness at the injection site for up to 3 days after the injection. Icing and keeping your foot elevated should help with any short-term discomfort.
In most cases, only one injection will be needed. However, the number of treatment sessions will vary depending on your specific needs.
Is AmnioFix Right For Me?
The only way to answer this is after a full evaluation of your condition. But we are pleased to report that the success rate of this treatment is extremely high, even for injuries that have stubbornly refused to yield to other treatment options.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Victoria Melhuish and the team at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City, please call our office today at (775) 783-8037. You can also request an appointment online using the contact form below.