The cartilage is a structure that covers the joint surfaces of the joints, connecting two pieces of bone. Healthy cartilage has a high fluid content and is nourished by the joint fluid. At the ankle and foot joint, the joint-forming parts of the shin, fibula and anklebone are covered by cartilage. The latter is most frequently affected by cartilage damage.
The application of force in the context of an injury or for other reasons not currently known can result in damage to a part of the joint cartilage. The damage can reach various stages, which also determine the appropriate therapy. If left untreated, cartilage damage can progress and lead to complete destruction of the joint in the medium term.
In my capacity as a specialist for foot orthopaedics, I will be happy to advise you, at an appointment at my practice, on adequate therapy options for cartilage damage to the foot. The first step is a conscientious diagnosis following imaging clarification by means of an MRI scan.
The therapy includes relief and physiotherapy at an early stage. In advanced stages an operation is required, which I perform as an orthopaedic foot surgeon. During the operation, the broken joint cartilage is removed and, depending on the situation, stimulation for the formation of new cartilage or cartilage replacement is carried out. I mainly use minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures ("keyhole surgery"). My research work has enabled me to further develop this surgical method. I also carry out the most modern biological methods with stem cell therapy, which I am also involved in developing further.
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