Uncontrolled foot or ankle pain, problematic tendon and joint injuries, wounds that won't heal. Your foot or ankle surgery has failed or, surgery isn't an option.
You have persistent pain in the feet or ankles. Your condition is not responding well to conservative care. Rest, ice, elevation, immobilization, over the counter anti-inflammatories, new shoes and inserts - after eight weeks of trying it all you're still in pain. Your aching feet are interfering with your ability to do your job and take care of your family. The throbbing in your ankle is keeping you from doing all of the leisure activities you used to enjoy.
Before considering surgery, talk with our Foot Surgeon Specialist about EpiFix treatment.
EpiFix Micronized Injectable Allograft
Many of our patients are responding well to EpiFix, a micronized, dehydrated human amnion/chorion injection. This in-office procedure speeds up your body's own natural process to regenerate and heal damage to foot and ankle joints, bone, skin, tendon or ligaments.
EpiFix, developed by MiMedx, is made of human amniotic membrane allograft in powder form mixed with a saline solution.
Amniotic membrane is a unique material and its composition contains collagen types I,III, IV, V and VII. It is composed of structural extracellular matrix (ECM), that also contains specialized proteins fibronectin, laminins, proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans. In addition, amniotic membrane contains essential, active, healing growth factors such as epidermal growth factor (EGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-b), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF).
Mimedx has developed a proprietary procedure, called the PURION® Process, that safely and gently separates placental tissues, cleans and reassembles layers, and then dehydrates the tissue to preserve the key elements associated with healing.
Injection of EpiFix delivers a source of multipotent amnion cells and growth factors that stimulate your body's own repair mechanisms regenerating or facilitating the repair of cells damaged by disease, genetics, injury or aging.
Dr. Eric Pack and Texas Foot Surgeons have had great success in the past year providing relief for chronic pain patients with EpiFix treatment.
Pain Relief of Your Foot or Ankle Condition
- Prolonged pain from fractured ankle recovery eight weeks post injury
- Prolonged pain from fractured foot recovery eight weeks post injury
- Persistent pain from Tendonitis chronic inflammation of the foot or ankle tendons
- Achilles tendonitis unremitting pain or an unresolved Achilles tendon tear needing repair
- Recurring Plantar Fasciitis arch pain or pain in the bottom of the foot
- Problems with extensor tendinitis pain on the top of the foot
- Extended posterior tibial tendon pain occurring on the inside foot and ankle, and on the outside of the foot below the ankle
- Painful Tenosynovitis from inflammed tendon sheath
- Continuous pain caused by an osteochondral lesion in the joint cartilage of the foot or ankle
- Unresolved Metatarsalgia pain in the ball of the foot
- Sharp pain in the toe joint that is getting worse
- Sharp, intense Heel Pain when standing, followed by a dull ache of pain in the heel that has not resolved
- Soft tissue foot pain or ankle pain from an unhealed foot or ankle trauma
- Constant pain from arthritis of the foot joint or an arthritic ankle joint
- Diabetic Wounds that aren't healing
- Slow or non-healing damage from Charcot Neuroarthropathy or Charcot Foot causing a deep, painful ache in the foot and ankle
Convenient in-office procedures offer
- a successful non-surgical alternative
- have a high rate of effective pain relief and,
- result in little to no discomfort in the majority of patients when performed by a qualified Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Treatment options include procedures that can,
- restore devitalized bone or lost cartilage using fluoroscopy guided joint injections,
- restore soft tissues like the skin, tendons and ligaments with ultrasound guided soft tissue injections,
- promote accelerated wound healing with application of amniotic allograft wound dressings.
Reconstructive surgical procedures, when necessary, can
- reduce scar tissue formation, inflammation and support soft tissue regeneration through use of human amniotic membrane allografts containing collagen types and essential growth factors,
- rebuild damage to joint surface cartilage and/or underlying bone with bioactive bone graft products and tissue allografts including structural/particulate bone.
Regardless of the technique used, once placed into the body EpiFix membrane or tissue allograft are able to recruit your body's own stem cells and growth factors to promote healing.
Covered By Some Insurance Plans
Currently, certain Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans are covering EpiFix for their members. Make an appointment today to see if EpiFix is indicated for your foot, ankle or lower leg condition. We can verify with your insurance company if your plan covers EpiFix Micronized Injectable Allograft for your foot or ankle pain.