Joint Preservation Blog

January 10, 2009

basketball ankle supports

ankle brace

ankle brace

As a doctor with an ankle problem, who plays basketball, the best ankle brace I’ve found is the Malleoloc.  However, if you have an ankle problem like I did, why not get rid of the brace?  There are now new treatments where the doctor injects your own stem cells into the ankle ligament tear to heal the damage.  This way you avoid braces and surgery!  This procedure should allow you to get rid of the basketball ankle supports for good.  In this procedure, your own adult mesenchymal stem cells are isolated and then grown to larger numbers.  These healing repair cells are then injected into your torn ankle ligaments.  After this cutting edge procedure, you can wear a basketball ankle support for a few weeks, but continue playing and working out while the ligaments heal.  Maximum healing is 6-12 weeks.  You can come out of the basketball ankle supports after just a month.  Why go through all of this?  An unstable ankle eventually damages the cartilage in the ankle and leads to early arthritis.  So what’s a mild pain in the ankle now, will be big arthritis in 20 years, unless you get the ankle ligaments fixed.

Mcdavid elastic ankle braces

 

mcdavid elastic ankle brace

mcdavid elastic ankle brace

 

 

As a doctor with an ankle problem, I like most of the Mcdavid elastic ankle braces that use both a hard shell component to add stability and elastic to allow movement.  However, if you have an ankle problem like mine, why not get rid of the brace?  New non-surgical treatments where the doctor injects your own stem cells into the ankle ligament tear to heal it should allow you to get rid of the Mcdavid elastic ankle brace for good.  In this procedure, your own adult mesenchymal stem cells are isolated and then grown to bigger numbers.  They are then injected under x-ray guidance into your torn ankle ligaments.  After this break-through procedure, you can wear a brace for a few weeks, but continue playing and working out while the ligaments heal.  Maximum healing is 6-12 weeks.  You can come out of the Mcdavid elastic ankle brace after just a month.  Why go through all of this?  An unstable ankle eventually damages the cartilage in the ankle and leads to early arthritis.  So what’s a pain in the ankle now, will be severe arthritis in 20 years, unless you get the ankle ligaments fixed.  Think of these ligaments as duct tape that holds your ankle bones together.  When that duct tape is torn, it needs to be fixed, not braced.

December 24, 2008

Sports Ankle Brace

Several years ago I injured my ankle while running. It didn’t completely heal, so as a physician, I set out to find the perfect sports ankle brace. My first stop was the then famous “air cast”. This was a great way to stop the circulation in my ankle, but did little to help the pain and swelling. The next sports ankle brace I tried was the old fashioned lace-up models. They were a nightmare to get on and off, but did supply some stability. After trying 10-12 braces, I finally settled on something that worked, the Bauerfeind Malleoloc.  This was an easy sports ankle brace to get on and off and actually provided some stability. Alas, after walking around with this thing for years, I finally decided to get the ligaments fixed using prolotherapy. This worked reasonably well and took a few injections. Today there are even newer ways to fix these ligaments with the injection of stem cells. The video below will provide more information:

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