This spring, Dr. Jason Tartaglione used an innovative procedure called a Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) injection to treat recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. This novel technique was employed in conjunction with a procedure known as a gastrocnemius recession, which lengthens a patient’s tight calf muscle, a condition commonly associated with and one of the major causes of plantar fasciitis.
The use of BMAC begins with the provider withdrawing the patient’s blood from their iliac crest, which is one of the pelvic bones, and then placing it into a centrifuge machine. The machine then spins the blood down into a highly concentrated fluid consisting of growth factors and stem cells. This concentrated fluid, or BMAC, is injected into the plantar fascia, where it aids in the healing of plantar fasciitis in conjunction with the gastrocnemius recession.
Dr. Tartaglione learned this state-of-the-art technique from Dr. Lew Schon, an internationally recognized leader in foot and ankle orthopedics, and a former President of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. Much of Dr. Schon’s research involves the new and exciting orthopedic field of biologic medicine, which includes BMAC. Dr. Tartaglione’s use of BMAC is one of the services offered by Ortho RI Biologics, Ortho Rhode Island’s comprehensive program of leading-edge biologic treatments. Stay tuned for more information on Ortho RI Biologics!