As anyone who suffers from painful feet and/or ankles knows, it can be a pretty miserable situation. It’s hard to enjoy life when it hurts just to take a step or two. To avoid the discomfort, many people stay off their feet and become a couch potato –not only a boring way to live, but an unhealthy one, too.

It doesn’t have to be that way, say the professionals at The Knee Institute and Regenerative Medicine, which offers a host of options that involves neither surgery nor opioids.

“We can alleviate a lot of pain when we treat what causes that pain, its actual origin,” said Gordon Korby, D.O., medical consultant at The Knee Institute's West Bloomfield facility. “Therefore, you get back to normal function and have a good quality of life rather than be sedentary, just watching TV and gaining weight. Humans are meant to move and to be mobile.”

Painful conditions like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis and bursitis can affect those of any age, and become increasingly common as we age. The Knee Institute employs breakthrough procedures like umbilical (never embryonic) stem cells and PRP (platelet rich plasma), along with a personalized physical therapy regimen, to help the body heal itself.

“Regenerative medicine is the biggest thing in medicine right now,” said Korby, who has specialized in pain management for a quarter-century. “We have the technology that lets us go back to basics for better outcomes with no side effects. Any first-year medical student learns all about anatomy, bio chemistry and hormones. Now all this stuff is coming back in the form of regenerative and functional medicine. We’re back to the basic sciences like good nutrition, exercise, vitamins, minerals and herbs – things that may have been considered quackery 30 years ago.”

That holistic philosophy has always been the driving force at The Knee Institute, Michigan’s only facility accredited with the OsteoArthritis Centers of America. Korby recalls one recent patient who has suffered 10 ankle sprains over 20 years. An MRI revealed just mild arthritis, but all those sprains had done damage to multiple ligaments in the man’s ankle.

“All the surgeons wanted to do was to fuse the ankle, but after that you don’t have any range of motion at all,” Korby said. “We successfully avoided that with regenerative medicine, using human umbilical cord stem cells (the only type of stem cell approved by the FDA), plus PRP and prolotherapy, which I call ‘the granddaddy of regenerative medicine.’ Those therapies cause a new healing cascade for cell growth to make both the ligaments and joints stronger.”

Physical therapy is an important part of the treatment process to help patients achieve obtain optimal function, strength and stability, Korby added.

“This is the fun part of medicine – getting results and seeing great outcomes,” he said.“The technology is letting us get back to basics for all sorts of ailments and disorders for people who are aging – and even active young ones.”

For more information, call The Knee Institute at 248-430-5113 or visit


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