Ankle injury and treatments
At The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, we've seen athletes make a full recovery from a ruptured Achilles. The way we treat the injury is different from most other places, (including the clinic that operated on Kobe Bryant). The most common approach is to open up the wound, unfortunately losing valuable cells and growth factors that the body has produced around the injury site to begin the repair process.
We treat the rupture with a percutaneous technique of suture repair through small portals. This way, we reduce scarring and risk of infection and most importantly, we take advantage of the body's own natural ability to heal itself. A detailed physical therapy program following surgery is essential to encourage full healing and return to competitive sports. Our results of percutaneous Achilles tendon repair have been superb, with only 6 traumatic re-ruptures in twenty years of repairs.
If you've been repeatedly twisting your ankle, you've probably ruptured the key stabilizer in your ankle. At the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Stone can repair this ligament with a very small incision.
If you have damaged the articular cartilage inside your ankle joint and you have something called a chondral lesion or OCD or arthritis, it is quite painful and it limits your activities. At The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, http://www.stoneclinic.com Dr. Kevin Stone is able to repair this problem using a paste graft of your own stem cells, cartilage and bone.
If you've got a stiff or injured joint, one of the things you can do is to lubricate the joint. At The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, http://www.stoneclinic.com Dr. Kevin Stone is able to loosen the joint by injecting hyaluronic acid, the natural lubricant of the joint. Sometimes it's done with growth factors and sometimes just as the joint lubricant.
After being told that he may need to fuse his ankle, or wear an ankle brace, our patient traveled from Arizona to have an arthroscopic regenerative procedure to biologically rebuild his ankle. 2 years later he runs once a week, hikes and with no issues other than some slight stiffness, which he says lasts no more than a day. Find out if we can help you. Set up a complimentary phone consultation. http://www.stoneclinic.com/schedule-complimentary-phone-consultation-or….
The Achilles tendon connects the muscles of the calf to the calcaneus, or heel bone. It is designed to stretch. This serves to absorb force as an athlete lands from a jump, and to deliver power to the foot in walking and running. The tendon tissue is flat, with a good blood supply, and serves most women well for their entire lifetime.
Why does Achilles tendon rupture vex men in their 40s and 50s? And why is the repair so troublesome?
READ MORE about why men are more likely to rupture their Achilles and how novel treatments help the healing process. http://www.stoneclinic.com/blog/achilles-tendon-ruptures-scourge-mid-li…