At Catalyst Pain Solutions, we offer advanced stem cell and blood platelet procedures for injury-related ankle pain and ankle arthritis. If you suffer from chronic ankle pain from cartilage loss in the joint, or pain and instability from partially torn or overstretched ligaments, you may be a good candidate for this procedure.
Current surgical treatment options for common injuries and problems include ankle arthroscopy to “clean up” damaged cartilage, fusion of ankle bones where cartilage has been lost, and tendon grafts screwed in place to strengthen loose connections between bones. All are painful and may not be that effective in the long run. These surgeries typically involve a painful post surgical recovery with a lengthy rehab period to restore strength and mobility to the ankle.
As an ankle pain and ankle arthritis treatment, Regenerative procedures may help alleviate the cause of pain with a simple office injection procedure. Patients are often encouraged to walk the same day, and most experience little to no down time from the procedure.
The list below represents the most commonly treated ankle conditions using Regenerative Stem Cell or Platelet Procedures.
This is not a complete list, so contact us or complete the Candidate Form to the right if you have questions about whether you or your condition can be treated with these non-surgical procedures. The type of procedure used (stem cell or blood platelet) to treat these conditions is largely dependent upon the severity of the injury or condition.
If you’re interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for regenerative procedures from Catalyst Pain Solutions please complete the Catalyst Pain Solutions Regenerative Procedure Candidate Form below or call us at 844-Regenexx (734-3639). Regenexx is only offered at our Phoenix facility. We will typically contact you within 24-48 hours of receiving your initial information.
Most of the foot and ankle patients in this data summary had either moderate or severe main ankle joint arthritis, with many also having either lax ligaments and/or partial tendon tears. A few patients also had sub-talar arthritis. Because this is a smaller data set, all time points were collapsed, such that the last available report was used (an average 17 months post-procedure).
When the ligaments that hold the bones of the ankle joint together are partially torn or stretched, as in the case of a bad sprain or repeated minor sprains, they can become painful, loose, and weak. This changes how you walk, putting painful stress on other joints of the foot, as well as making it more likely that you will sprain the ankle again. This leads to a cycle of chronic pain and instability.
Osteoarthritis of the ankle usually occurs in ankles that have experienced trauma, infection, or injury. A smooth, slippery, fibrous connective tissue, called articular cartilage, acts as a protective cushion between bones. Arthritis develops as the cartilage begins to deteriorate or is lost. As the articular cartilage is lost, the joint space between the bones narrows. This is an early symptom of osteoarthritis of the ankle and is easily seen on X-rays.
As the disease progresses, the cartilage thins, becoming grooved and fragmented. The surrounding bones react by becoming thicker. They start to grow outward and form spurs. The synovium (a membrane that produces a thick fluid that helps nourish the cartilage and keep it slippery) becomes inflamed and thickened. It may produce extra fluid, which causes additional swelling.