Ankle Arthritis and Stem Cells
Ankle arthritis may result from prior trauma or can arise as the result of compensation for other bad joints such as the knee. When ankle arthritis occurs it can make walking and enjoying a fruitful life difficult.
Ankle arthritis or more officially designated ankle osteoarthritis, as all joint osteoarthritis, is progressive. The extend and rate of progression varies among individuals. Arthritis medications or NSAIDS and Cortisone do not halt the progression. Surgery is complicated as ankle replacements are often difficult and fail frequently. Ankle fusion limits range of motion and predisposes adjacent joints to accelerated wear leading to arthritis in another locale.
These factors make the use of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy attractive alternatives to surgery, and sensible as a long term strategy to potentially halt the progression of arthritis. Stem Cell Therapy may be an alternative in chronic ankle arthritis treatment.