Stem cell procedures used for conditions of the ankle

The latest generation procedures utilized at the Sport-Med Cracow clinic offer therapy using stem cells and blood platelets for cases of post-injury pain and arthrosis of the ankle joint. If you suffer from chronic ankle pain caused by loss of the joint tissue or pain and instability caused by a partial tear or strain of the ligaments, you may be a good candidate for these procedures.

Stem cell therapy as an alternative to endoprosthesoplasty or other operation of the ankle joint

Modern surgical treatment options for common injuries and conditions of the ankle joint include arthroscopy aimed at cleaning the damaged cartilage, fusion of bones in the location where a loss of cartilage occurred, and implantation of tendons fixed in the appropriate place to strengthen the loosened bone joints. All of these procedures are painful, and in the long run, they may not be very effective.

The above-mentioned operations are usually associated with a long and painful period of post-operative rehabilitation, which is necessary to regain strength and motor ability in the ankle joint.

Methods of treatment of pain and osteoarthrosis of the ankle joint using Stem Cells may ease pain through a simple injection. Patients can usually begin walking on the same day and most of them do not feel any discomfort after the procedure.

Tears of the ankle ligaments, sprains and instability in the ankle joint.

When ligaments that keep the bones of the ankle joint together become partly teared or strained, for example due to a serious strain or repeated minor strains, they can become painful, loosened and weakened. This creates changes in your walking gait, causing painful load on other joints of the foot and also increases the risk of repeated strains of the ankle joint. This leads to a vicious cycle of chronic pain and instability in the joint.

Osteoarthrosis of the ankle joint

Arthritis of the ankle joint usually takes place after injuries, infections or damage. The sleek, fibrous connective tissue called joint tissue acts as a shock absorber between the bones. Arthritis develops when tissue is damaged or lost. When the amount of joint tissue is reduced, there is a narrowing of the space between the bones. This is an early symptom of osteoarthrosis of the ankle joint that is easily viewed on an X-ray.

As the disease develops, the tissue becomes thinned, porous and fragmented. In response to this process, the surrounding bones thicken. They begin to grow exteriorly and create bone growths. The synovial membrane (the membrane that creates a thick liquid that moistens the tissue and maintains its lubricity) becomes inflamed and thickened. It can create an excessive amount of fluid which, in turn, causes additional swelling.

Are you a good candidate for stem cell treatment of ankle joint injury or pain?

If you would like to find out whether you are a good candidate for Stem Cell procedures conducted in the Sport-Med Cracow clinic, contact us using the contact form below. We will try to respond as soon as possible.

Conditions of the ankle joint and foot are treated with the help of procedures that use Stem Cells and blood platelets

The below list presents conditions of the ankle joint that are most often treated with the help of procedures that use Stem Cells or blood platelets.

  • Joint osteoarthritis
  • Instability of the ankle joint
  • Strain or tear of the peroneus muscle tendon
  • Strain or tear of the ligaments
  • Arthritis or instability of the ankle joint
  • Inflammation of the plantar fascia
  • Halluxes

Results for patients suffering from conditions of the ankle joint and foot

The majority of patients we examined suffered from relative or advanced arthritis of the ankle joint, and many of them additionally had loosened ligaments and/or partially torn tendons. Some patients had osteoarthrosis of the ankle joint.