Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (A2M) is a natural inhibitor produced by the liver that protects cartilage from proteins known to cause osteoarthritis.
This compound is concentrated and then injected directly into affected joints, delivering the A2M supplement to inhibit the progression of arthritis.
A2M can eliminate most pain associated with mild to moderate osteoarthritis in the foot and ankle.
The injection is used to treat the following foot and ankle conditions: Hallux Limitus/Hallux Rigidus: Painful prominence over the top of the great toe joint accompanied by joint pain and limited mobility resulting in difficulty when running or wearing high heels.
Subtalar Joint Arthritis: Painful prominence at the top of the midfoot that be accompanied by pain when walking barefoot or in unsupported footwear. Ankle Arthritis: Painful popping sensation of the ankle joint with limited mobility during extracurricular activities.
Genetics, lifestyle, and activities can all detrimentally ‘wear and tear’ our joints resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness.
In healthy joints, cartilage works as a buffer to prevent bone-on-bone contact. When a patient suffers from arthritis, chemicals that destroy cartilage called Catabolic Proteases, break down the joint until all cartilage disappears completely, resulting in painful friction of bones rubbing together. A2M halts the progression of osteoarthritis by inactivating and eliminating Catabolic Proteases. Once joint inflammation is subdued, A2M remaining in the joint will promote cartilage tissue growth to restore the joint and reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness.
At Gotham Footcare in New York City A2M is used to help relieve pain and halt the progression of osteoarthritis in most patients. The regenerative process will work to rebuild healthy joints, allowing you to return to your active lifestyles with no downtime or adverse harmful effects. One injection could last longer than a year and injections can be repeated without any detrimental side effects commonly associated with corticosteroid injections.
At Gotham Footcare in NYC, we strive at recognizing your individual needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan with the highest quality care available.
What sets Gotham Footcare apart from other podiatry offices is our dedication to providing you with the education you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your care. Regardless of what your foot and ankle trouble may be, at Gotham Footcare our team will work tirelessly to help you feel better. At Gotham Footcare, we help you put your best foot forward.