Regenerative medicine creates a stimulating factor in one's body, telling it to start to recover in an appropriate way, helping to restore tissue to being whole.
A heel spur is a slight bony growth or a group of bony growths on the underside or back of the heel. Sometimes they cause pain and discomfort – but not always. Heel spurs are related to plantar fasciitis, but they are not the same thing. Heel spurs can be found in people of all age groups, but middle-aged men and women are most likely to have problems.
Heel Spurs can be caused by repeated stress and strain placed on ligaments and muscles in the foot, or abnormally stretching the connective tissue that spans the heel and the ball of the foot. Recurrent injury to the membrane on the heel bone can also cause heel spurs. Ill-fitting or worn-out shoes, running or walking more than usual can all be the cause.
We accomplish regeneration or restoring tissue back to its whole through a process. One simple injection doesn’t necessarily do it; rather it is a process of stimulating tissue that has sustained an injury, whether acutely or chronically to prep itself to recover in a 'whole' way.
Then, we intervene with a grafting that is performed through injections of tissue called an "extracellular matrix." Regenerative medicine creates a stimulating factor in one's body, telling it to start to recover in an appropriate way, helping to restore tissue to being whole.
Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine Fort Collins will accurately diagnose what your injury is, avoiding unnecessary and costly surgery. Perhaps your pain is something simple like a fracture, or a more complicated torn ligament or a partial tear. We focus on the root issue and the actual nature of the problem.
We involve our patients in their custom treatment plan, interacting with patients and educating them as well. This helps them increase their speed of recovery and contributes to re-injury prevention.
Evaluation of injury by physical exam
Imaging: X-ray, CT, diagnostic ultrasound, MRI to determine significance of injured structures
Temporary stabilization of structure using orthotics, bracing devices, or cam walker boot
Laser light therapy
Hypertonic dextrose solution - Prolotherapy
Amniotic tissue matrix
Dr. Hecker graduated Colorado State University in Fort Collins before completing his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He completed a two-year podiatric surgical residency at St. Mary's of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago, before entering private practice in 1996.
Since then he as developed effective regenerative and non-surgical treatments for all types of biomechanical injuries and chronic pain.
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The procedures we offer at Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine are comparatively inexpensive and are much more complete having a substantial recovery than other treatments.
There are a lot of people who are not good candidates for surgery simply because of where they are in life, like having to take three months off for surgery.
Our protocols allow patients to recover well without necessarily having to take time off of work. We are here to get patients better in the midst of doing “life”.
The short answer is that our Fort Collins podiatry clinic has a patient-centered focus on non-surgical repair and “return to life activities”, not expensive (and sometimes unnecessary) surgery. We believe it is important for you to understand and have help with all of your healing options and foot maintenance.
Thomas Hecker DPM has a mission: to bring techniques and opportunities to people that are less expensive than conventional procedures, require less downtime, yet still offer the ability for very successful and very high-end recovery.
Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine is doing more that just helping to make a body better or building a better scar; we’re restoring the tissue back to its whole, how it was originally intended to function.