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.
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition of the bottom of the heel, often referred to as heel spur. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a large support ligament on the bottom of the foot, associated with sprain or micro tear to the structure.
Many times patients have had multiple sprains or micro tears leading to chronic degeneration of the plantar fascia causing chronic pain.
Not if we can help it. Dr. Hecker accurately diagnoses an injury, avoiding unnecessary and costly plantar fasciitis 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.
Typical treatments include stretching, ice, NSAIDS, OTC arch supports. For minor sprains these remedies can be helpful. For micro tears or more chronic degeneration they will be limited results. MRI or diagnostic ultrasound is needed to identify these soft tissue injuries.
For the tears or chronic injuries usually more aggressive treatments are required, custom orthotics (which can be expensive), cortisone injection (this will reduce inflammation but can cause further damage to the tissue), cast boots, physical therapy, and surgery.
Through the regenerative protocol, much of the typical treatment can be avoided. By using the modalities of Piezoelectric Impulse Therapy and LLLT, combined with appropriate support, and use of regenerative injection techniques such as prolotherapy, regeneration of the tissue can be quickly achieved.
For chronic or more severe tears addition of Bio-D injection therapy can ensure excellent outcomes. Plantar Fasciitis is closely related to heel spur syndrome, a condition that is often (and successfully) addressed with conservative measures - stretching exercises, ice packs, physical therapy and orthotic devices. Some cases can be successfully treated with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).
Regenerative Treatments -Piezoelectric impulse -Laser light therapy -Regenerative Injection -Hypertonic dextrose solution - Prolotherapy -Amniotic tissue matrix Physical Therapy Once the structure is healed from the regenerative process then an injured patient is able to reestablish functional movement and strength.
In this step the compensation patterns that were established are fixed and new correct movement and strength patterns are developed thus reducing risk of re-injury.
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.