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Your Trusted Lower Extremity Doctor in Miami, FL

Orthobiologic & Orthopedic Specialist for Foot & Ankle Pain

Whether you’re an athlete who plays hard on the regular or you’re just getting around in your everyday life, your feet and ankles work unbelievably hard for you every day. They absorb shock, allow you to stand upright, and take on your body weight, making them very vulnerable to potential injury as well as wear and tear. Unfortunately, when our feet and ankles do become compromised, we can easily be sidelined from the activities we love to do -- as well as those we need to do.

If you’re struggling with foot and ankle pain now, the orthobiologic solutions offered by Dr. Trevor Turner at The Genomic Athlete may be able to help. Using state-of-the-art technology and a committed minimally-invasive approach, Dr. Turner has been able to reduce his patients’ need for orthopedic surgery using non-operative foot pain treatment, such as stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections. 

No one should have to stop doing what they love due to foot and ankle pain. If you’re curious about the orthobiologics offered by one of the best non-surgical orthopedic foot and ankle doctors in Miami, keep reading to learn more, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Turner with any further questions. If you’re ready to try regenerative medicine for lower extremity treatment without surgery, don’t hesitate -- reach out to The Genomic Athlete and schedule your first consultation appointment today.

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Advanced Diagnostics for Lower Extremity Pain 

Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Feet & Ankles

Your journey toward relief and long-term recovery from foot and ankle pain begins with a diagnosis. Dr. Turner’s musculoskeletal assessment process combines two technologies -- ultrasound scans and fluoroscopy exams -- to provide a more accurate, comfortable and cost-effective diagnosis than a traditional MRI. In addition, this superior diagnosis comes at a fraction of the cost of standard, bare-minimum diagnostic techniques.

Unlike MRI, an ultrasound scan gives a fuller picture of the tissues inside your feet and ankles. This allows Dr. Turner to see through to your nervous system, and to spot other irregularities that may be missed using traditional diagnostic technology, much in the way a radiologist would. This process takes just 3-4 minutes and costs 90% less than a typical MRI. 

While ultrasound is an incredible tool, orthopedic conditions of the foot and ankle involve the bone as well as the muscle and cartilage. That’s why Dr. Turner employs a fluoroscopic exam in conjunction with his ultrasound technology. A fluoroscopic exam involves an x-ray which revolves around your entire body, allowing Dr. Turner to address the areas of your feet and ankles that ultrasound cannot see on its own. 

Additionally, Dr. Turner uses fluoroscopy during orthobiologic procedures involving bone marrow cells. This allows for greater accuracy and a significantly smaller margin of error when placing cells into the bones inside your ankles or your feet.

PRP Therapy for the Foot and Ankle

Platelet Rich Plasma Specialist

As a platelet rich plasma (PRP) specialist, Dr. Trevor Turner recommends PRP as an alternative treatment for foot and ankle pain to patients with a wide variety of lower extremity injuries and conditions. PRP can often help patients avoid expensive, invasive surgical intervention.

Platelet rich plasma therapy works by using your own growth factors to stimulate your body’s natural ability to repair itself. Dr. Turner will draw your blood, then send it to our onsite laboratory. Then, an expert technician will separate plasma from it using a centrifuge. Dr. Turner will then reinject that plasma into your foot or ankle at the affected site, giving your body a natural boost for a better foundation for recovery. This process also helps to reduce inflammation, providing relief from any pain you feel in your feet or ankles without the downtime of surgical procedures.

Dr. Turner recommends PRP treatment for the following orthopedic conditions of the foot or ankle, and more:

  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Achilles Tendinosis
  • Non-Healing Ankle Sprains

Dr. Turner’s partnership with Greyledge Biotech(opens in a new tab) offers him and his team the unique ability to collect data regarding your outcomes, helping us to distinguish what is indicated and not indicated by your blood draw. Using this data, we can provide a fully customized PRP treatment experience. If you’d like to learn more about the platelet rich plasma injection process for plantar fasciitis, tendon tears, and other orthopedic conditions of the feet and ankles, Dr. Turner is happy to discuss your questions and concerns with you. If you’re ready to try PRP therapy for yourself, don’t wait. Reach out and schedule your first consultative appointment with us today.

Miami’s Lower Extremity Orthobiologics Specialist

Stem Cell Therapy for Foot & Ankle Pain

Adult “Stem Cells” from bone marrow are the type we use to treat orthopedic injuries. The name was first coined by Dr. Arnold Caplan in 1991 “Mesenchymal Stem Cells” or MSCs for short. The MSCs from bone marrow act like a powerful drug store in a tiny package. These stem cells release powerful signals that help the body provide anti-inflammatory effects, send positive signals to the immune system, stop cell death, and even improve blood flow.

While only a small percentage of bone marrow has MSCs, stem cells remain in higher numbers as we age in the back of the hip bone (pelvis). After numbing a patient so they do not feel any pain, Dr. Turner takes these cells from the hip, and an experienced technician sorts out the unwanted material to get the maximum number of MSCs possible in a sterile processing laboratory. Every sample is then carefully analyzed for high quality before being delivered back into the patient, which is critical to ensuring that our patients have the best long term outcomes. 

Next, Dr. Turner uses a combination of sound waves (ultrasound) and X-rays (fluoroscopy) to very precisely guide your own stem cells back into the area of injury in a same day procedure. We call this FDA-compliant procedure Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate or BMAC for short. BMAC is quickly becoming the new standard for treatment of Achilles tears <2cm in size and cartilage defects of the talar dome (ankle joint).

Regenerative Lower Extremity Treatment FAQ

What are the most common conditions of the feet & ankles?

Some of the most common ailments of the feet and ankles are as follows:

  • Achilles tendon tears and tendinosis
  • Sprains 
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Cartilage Defects (Talar Dome)

Can Dr. Turner provide prolotherapy for foot & ankle pain?

Yes! Dr. Turner is also a prolotherapy specialist. Prolotherapy can be used to relieve pain in the joints and ligaments in ankles or feet. It works by injecting a small, harmless amount of an irritating substance into the affected area. This irritant will cause a controlled type of inflammation in your foot or ankle, and once this inflammation is reduced, your pain will be relieved, and your body’s natural healing process will be stimulated. If you’d like to learn more about prolotherapy for your foot or ankle pain, reach out to Dr. Turner today.

Can Dr. Turner provide steroid injections in the feet and ankles?

While Dr. Turner strongly recommends other types of non-invasive therapies to treat injuries and conditions of the feet & ankles for long-term results, he is capable of providing steroid injections as part of his practice.

Will I need physical therapy after my foot and ankle treatment?

While not all orthobiologic procedures require physical therapy afterwards, Dr. Turner has often seen patients who get PRP or stem cell therapy have increased success with rehabilitation in the weeks after their treatment even when it was difficult beforehand. Physical therapy can be a vital, impossible-to-skip part of your recovery from whatever condition or injury brought you to Dr. Turner’s office in the first place. Dr. Turner’s practice is proud to stand with our patients through every step of their recovery, and we’re proud to offer cutting-edge rehab and prehab therapies. For patients who travel for treatment, ask about our digital rehab solution with Amp Recover. To learn more about our physical therapy support capabilities, reach out to Dr. Turner.