Cartilage Injury

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Cartilage Ankle Injury

Like most of the body’s joints, the ankle is lined with cartilage that acts as a cushion for the bones as they rub against each other during movement. Damage to ankle cartilage can range from a minor sprain to a tear that causes cartilage to block the joint.

Types of ankle cartilage injury

Cartilage injury can range from minor to serve. A sprained ankle is a common form of cartilage injury that can heal quickly with proper treatment. Arthritis, another common condition caused by wear and tear on cartilage, develops over a long period of time. Cartilage in the ankle can also become torn.

Symptoms of cartilage injury in the ankle

Although the severity of a cartilage injury can vary widely, some common symptoms include:

  • Swelling, warmth and tenderness from inflammation
  • Decreased range of motion in the ankle
  • Stiffness in the ankle

When a piece of cartilage breaks off, blocking the joint, bleeding in the joint (or, hemarthrosis) occurs, giving the ankle a blotchy and bruised appearance.

Offering the most advanced treatment for cartilage injury

Renova Foot and Ankle is the only practice in the DFW area to offer a cartilage replacement procedure. Using the DeNovo NT Natural Tissue Graft, we can replace severely damaged cartilage in the foot or ankle. We are proud to offer our patients the latest and most advanced cartilage injury treatments.

Minor cartilage injuries like sprains can be treated with a brace or cast. Small lesions to the ankle cartilage and arthritis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.

Contact us today if you are suffering from the pain of cartilage damage. Whether you require physical therapy or cartilage replacement therapy, we look forward to helping you recover from your injury.

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