Ankle Pain Relief with Regenerative Medicine
Ankle pain relief is a common practice for Sports and Regenerative Medicine expert, Dennis M. Lox M.D.
Dr. Lox has treated all types of patients with ankle pain, ankle arthritis, Achilles’ tendon issues, and avascular necrosis (AVN). Many of these patients are athletes.
Some have simple problems which can be fixed easily, and allow them back to their normal world. However, athletes often judge success by a return to sports participation. There is where Regenerative Medicine has had an impact, especially for ankle pain relief.
Surgical treatment options for severe ankle problems are less than ideal. Ankle replacement surgery is less than ideal, and recommendations for ankle fusion limit normal walking and often end a sports career.
Ankle Pain Relief for Arthritis
The ankle mortise is the articulation of the tibia and the talus. It is supposed to rock back and forth with a normal gait to allow smooth upward and downward motion across the ankle, when the ankle plantarflexors the gastrocnemius and soleus push off, and the ankle dorsiflexors primarily the tibialis anterior rock back on the heel.
Disruption of the ankle mortise can have profound effects on normal walking or running.
Often, when the joint becomes arthritic from degenerative osteoarthritis either from prior trauma or even the aging process, normal walking you take for granted becomes a chore or even a nightmare.
Patients can become so limited they need assistive devices to get around. This can be compounded by weight gain, and serve as a catch 22. Immobility is often cited as a reason for the weight gain.
Achilles Sprains and Tears
Another frequent complaint Dr. Lox has treated for ankle pain relief is ankle Achilles’ tendon problems.
These range from tendinitis, tendinosis, and partial tears. If the Achilles’ tendon is completely torn, the cable is broken so to speak, and ankle motion from the gastrocnemius muscle cannot push downward. This must be surgically corrected. Gruesome torture in days gone by, the victim was left crippled.
Ankle Avascular Necrosis
Avascular necrosis (AVN), often referred to as osteonecrosis is a condition in which the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired, leading to bone cell death or necrosis.
This is often a source of fear and frustration, as patients are left with many unanswered questions, and often treatment options are vague, taking a wait and see if it gets worse, and then they are told we can do an ankle fusion.
Disconcerting to patients, family, and athletes trying to return to their chosen sport. AVN can be viewed as what is present today, and what may happen tomorrow. The region of necrosis may collapse in the worst circumstance, and thus lead to rapid joint destruction.
This is quite simply a rapid joint progressive degenerative arthritis.
Dennis M. Lox M.D. is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox has lectured around the world on Sports and Regenerative Medicine topics.
Dr. Lox has special expertise in degenerative arthritis progression, and Avascular Necrosis, having lectured on both topics multiple times. In addition, Dr. Lox has been featured on several television news stories for his successful treatment of young athletes with ankle Avascular Necrosis (AVN), having gotten them not just back to their sport, but even college scholarships.
Dennis M. Lox M.D. is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.