Sunday, 8 August 2021

Plantar Fasciitis

Pain in the heel or any part of the foot when you take the first few steps in the morning can be largely blamed on Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is the most common reason that causes heel pain

The plantar fascia is a weblike thick ligament that connects the heel bone to the front of the foot. It supports the arch of the foot by absorbing the shock while walking. The stabbing pain that you feel in the heel or at the bottom of the foot is caused when there is inflammation in this thick band of tissues.


What symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis should I look out for?

Plantar fasciitis is the most commonly made orthopaedic complaint. It causes pain either in the heel or in the midfoot area. It can affect one foot or both and the pain caused can be dull or sharp.

The pain is triggered when you stand for long hours or when you stand up after sitting or lying down for some time. Some people feel it in the morning when they get out of bed and take their first few steps. Climbing stairs can also feel troublesome due to stiffness in the heel. The people affected by plantar fasciitis feel pain once they stop doing the activity and rarely while doing it. 

What are the main causes of Plantar Fasciitis?

Although a straight cause of plantar fasciitis is still unclear it is believed that due to excessive wear and tear of daily life, the plantar fascia ligament may develop small tears. When there is repeated stretching and tearing of these tissues, inflammation in the fascia is experienced.

Even though the runners’ complain about it the most, others can also experience it often. Though the reason is not yet ascertained, yet there are a few factors that need to be taken care of.

  • It is most common amongst the active men and women in the age group of 40-60 years.
  • Activities that put a lot of stress on the heels can lead to plantar fasciitis like- aerobics, ballet dancing, long-distance running or abnormal walking patterns. 
  • Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.
  • Having foot problems like a flat foot or high arch can lay added stress on the ligament.

Ignoring plantar fasciitis can lead to excessive heel pain and hinder the normal activities of daily routine. Consult a medical expert today. 

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Monday, 19 July 2021

Diabetic Ulcer

 An ulcer is formed when the skin tissue breaks down and exposes the layers underneath it. Diabetic Ulcer also called Diabetic Foot Ulcer is a commonly found implication of diabetes. In most cases, they are found under the toes and also the balls of the feet. Most patients who have diabetes have the tendency to develop foot ulcers, following good foot care can help in preventing them.


Identifying the Symptoms of Diabetic Ulcers

If you are a diabetic, it is essential that you discuss your foot concerns with your doctor, so that in case it is a diabetic ulcer, it can be treated at the earliest. Keep in mind that an infected ulcer can also lead to an amputation if it is neglected.

What are the causes of a Diabetic Ulcer?

Diabetic people having ulcers is normal, and the common causes are as follows:

  • Poor blood circulation
  • High blood sugar
  • Damage to the nerves
  • Wounded or irritated feet

Who are at risk of developing Diabetic Ulcers?

Every one who is a diabetic is at risk for foot ulcers, the reasons however, are multiple. There are certain factors that can increase the risk, such as:

  • Wearing poor quality or dirty shoes
  • Trimming toe nails in an improper way
  • Consuming alcohol/ tobacco
  • Eye disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease

Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

If you are suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, staying off your feet can relieve the pain, as walking can make the infection worse and further expand the ulcers. Depending on your medical condition your doctor may prescribe:

1. Lifestyle Alteration:

  • Special shoes
  • Casts/ foot braces
  • Compression wraps
  • Shoe inserts
  • Foot baths
  • Enzyme treatment
  • Dressing to inhibit the growth

2. Medication

Antibiotics or anti clotting medicines may be prescribed by the doctor

3. Surgery

In severe cases your doctor might have to suggest a surgical procedure. Shaving down of the bone or removal of foot abnormalities can greatly help in alleviating the pressure around the ulcer.


If you notice any blackened skin or a numb area, it is best to see your doctor right away. Untreated foot ulcers can spread to other body parts and also cause abscesses.

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Disc Prolapse

Commonly called a slipped disc, disc prolapse, is accompanied by chronic pain in the lower back. There isn’t really a slip of the disc but the internal part of the disc bulges out through a weakness present in the outer part of the disc. This can lead to inflammation and also irritates the nerve/nerves. The expanse of the prolapse is different in different people, a bigger the prolapse is generally more painful.


What are the Causes of a Disc Prolapse?

With age when the outer ring of the disc becomes weak or damaged and allows the inner portion to slip out, a disc prolapse may occur.  Sometimes while you are twisting or turning to lift an object, the motion can also cause a slipped disc. People who are overweight are at increased risk too.

What Symptoms should I look out for?

As the outer ring of the backbone starts to become frail and tears down, people who suffer a disc prolapse, also suffer neck and back pain. One more usual symptom is numbness or/and pain in one side of the body which may extend to the arms or the legs. In some patients, the symptoms ease in some weeks, but for some, it continues.

How do I Deal with a Disc Prolapse?

If you have been experiencing continuing back pain, it is suggested that you consult a doctor. Delayed treatment of prolapsed disc can lead to more complications and harm. After consulting with your doctor, you can do some light exercises. Keep in mind, staying fit and mobile will make your muscles stronger and also offer support to your spine.


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

How to Manage Sports Injuries?

 An injury that happens while exercising or while playing a sport is called a sports injury. Though it is mostly children that are at risk of such injuries, adults can get them too, and in some cases, they can be severe.


What are the different types of Sports Injuries?

Every injury has different symptoms and complications. However, there are certain common types of sports injuries, such as:
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Knee Injuries
  • Swollen Muscles
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

In What Way Can I Prevent Sports Injuries?

Though most injuries are accidental, there are many injuries that can happen due to certain practices. The best ways to prevent such injuries are given below:
  • Learn proper techniques, postures and stances to move while you do your sport or activity
  • Using the right equipment, such as shoes, clothing etc. gives you athletic protection
  • Overdoing an exercise can often cause fatigue or other issues. Ease yourself
  • If you get hurt, do not try working through the pain, let your body recover
  • When recovering, resume your activity slowly

When Do I Need to Call My Doctor?

After an injury if you have any of the following symptoms, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible:
  • Severe pain
  • Visible lumps/ deformity
  • Weakness or inability to move the hurt area
  • Swelling
  •  Instability

Why Regencare?

At Regencare, our orthopaedics centre receives a large number of patients with sports injuries. Well equipped in handling primary as well as complex sports injuries, including knee and hip replacement surgeries, we have developed enhanced and comfortable recovery pathways for our patients. The hospital and staff are proficient in handling knee, ankle and shoulder related injuries that include ACL, PCL, cartilage, meniscal, rotator cuff injuries.


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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Meniscal Injuries

The piece of cartilage that provides a cushion effect in the knee joint, between your thigh bone and shinbone is called the meniscus. This small cartilage is prone to injury during activities that put pressure on or rotate the knee joint. A hard tackle on the football field, sudden pivot during basketball or even getting up too quickly from a squatting position can result in meniscal injuries. The meniscus also weakens due to degenerative changes with age and conditions like osteoarthritis which causes stiffness in your joints. Weaker and thinner meniscus is more prone to tear/injury. Some of signs that may suggest a meniscal injury are:

  •     A popping sound around your knee joint
  •     Pain and swelling
  •     Difficulty to move the knee or achieve a full range of motion
  •     Knee appears locked
  •     A feeling that the knee is unable to support you

If any of these symptoms persist for more than a few days or occur after a knee injury, seek medical help from an orthopedician.

Regenerative Medicine for Meniscal Injuries

At Regencare, we have seen excellent results with regenerative medicine using Orthogen-P  to help heal these injuries without the need of long term medications or surgery. This treatment helps to stimulate natural healing and repairs the meniscus to provide stability to the knee. Most of our patients have returned to their daily activities almost immediately. By strictly adhering to our treatment protocols, your knee can have the mobility and function it had before the injury.

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The group of muscles and tendons that keep the head of your arm attached firmly within the socket of the shoulder joint is the rotator cuff. Progressive wear and tear of the tendon tissue due to repetitive overhead activity or heavy lifting for a long period of time may result in injury to the rotator cuff.  Rotator cuff tears may also occur due to a single injury like in case of traumas. The symptoms that can be suggestive of rotator cuff injury include:

  •     Dull aching pain in the shoulders
  •     Disturbed sleep due to pain
  •     Inability to reach behind your back even to comb your hair
  •     Weakness of the arms

Progressing age, occupation that require repetitive arm motions and a history of rotator cuff injuries in the family increases your chance to acquire this disease. Medical attention is of utmost importance in rotator cuff injuries as any delay in treatment can result in permanent loss of motion or weakness of the shoulder joint. Progressive degeneration of the joint can worsen your pain and other symptoms. Keeping your shoulder immobilized for a long time due to pain may also result in a condition called “frozen shoulder.”

Regencare provides treatment for rotator cuff injuries using regenerative therapy by inducing the ability of cells to regenerate, decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the damaged area. This helps to speed up the healing process without the need of any complex surgeries. Regenerative therapy using Orthogen P has shown promise in tendon repair, especially when it comes to the shoulder joint injuries.

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Saturday, 9 January 2021

Osteoarthritis Hip

What happens in Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

The hip is the second largest weight-bearing joint of the body after the knee. Osteoarthritis of the hip is the condition which causes pain, swelling, and deformity to the hip joints due to the breaking down of cartilage tissues that protects the joints. Cartilage acts as a "shock absorber" to reduce friction in the joints and inflammation or injury to this joint causes the cartilage to break down. Some key factors which causes osteoarthritis hip are:

  •     Being overweight
  •     Advancing age
  •     Injury to the hip
  •     History of the disease in the family
  •     Genetic defects or improper growth of the joint

Signs and symptoms

Take an appointment with an orthopedician if you notice the following symptoms of hip osteoarthritis:

  •     Pain in the groin, thigh, buttocks or down your leg to the knee
  •     Joint stiffness
  •     Swelling and tenderness
  •     Grinding noise and locking when you move your hip
  •     Decreased range of motion in the hip
  •     Inability to perform routine activities which requires bending

Treatment of Osteoarthritis Hip

Treatment aims at improving the person's mobility and lifestyle by  improving the function of the hip and controlling pain. It involves the following options:

  •     Prescription of medication to relieve pain and inflammation
  •     Put patient on weight loss regime
  •     Surgery like Hip Replacement Surgery, Hip Resurfacing etc.
  •     Alternative rehabilitation therapies
  •     Regenerative medicine using Orthogen P

At Regencare, we specialize in treatment with platelet-rich plasma (Orthogen P), which uses the natural substances in your own body to help tissues heal by releasing substances called growth factors that stimulate healing. When injected into the affected area, Orthogen P encourages the damaged cartilage to regrow and heal without the need of surgery. It is important to maintain a healthy weight and do strengthening exercises to make your path to recovery quicker.

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