Studies Raise Hope For A New Plantar Fasciitis Cure
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have plantar fasciitis, but treatment options are severely limited. While there are splints that can be worn overnight, and there is even corrective surgery that may be an option for those with advanced forms of the complaint, they all have varying degrees of success.
What’s more, while surgery may work to immediately relieve the pain, it is likely that it will return in the future. However, there is new hope for sufferers as Mimedx (https://www.mimedx.com) has announced that its AmnioFix drug, which is an injection based treatment for plantar fasciitis sufferers, has had very good results in phase 2B studies.
Phase 3 Trials
The drug has now been passed for phase 3 trialling, and has been reduced to six months from the original, expected 12 months. In scientific terms, AmnioFix is an amniotic tissue membrane that protects the collagen, reduces inflammation, and enhances the body’s healing. It also acts as a barrier.
How AmnioFix Works
AmnioFix utilises amniotic tissue, which is safely extracted from the emniotic membrane that surrounds babies. It is usually discarded after birth, but Mimedx collects the tissue from willing participants that are undergoing a caesarean birth. Donors are tested for diseases, and the recovery of the membrane does not negatively impact the baby or the mother. This ethical and harmless collection procedure means that it does not share the same potential ethical problems as the collection of embryonic tissue.
Essentially, the membrane acts like stem cells or t cells. It binds to existing cells, repairs damage, and it helps to prevent further damage while also reducing the inflammation that is known to cause a lot of the physical pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Phase 3 testing, which is also written as Phase III testing, is the final testing stage before a manufacturer can be given permission to manufacture and sell a drug. The AmnioFix injection will be trialled on between 300 and 3,000 patients, and its effectiveness will be monitored and measured.
Beat Plantar Fasciitis Pain
For now, sufferers are recommended to ensure that they choose cushioned shoes for plantar fasciitis, with ample ankle support, and even consider shoe inserts to help further ease the pain. Perform some basic, plantar stretches in the morning, and try to avoid regular, long-term use of the feet, unless it is necessary or your take precautions. If you suffer chronic pain or have suffered for a long period of time, then you should consult your doctor, who will be able to advise other techniques to manage pain or combat the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.