Staying active as you age is important to stay healthy, but sometimes putting strain on older joints can lead to more injuries, especially in your knees. If you’re experiencing foot and knee pain that’s keeping you from staying active and doing what you love, there are some new developments you may benefit from. Learn more in the video and transcript below.
Posted by: Everyday Health
A Game Changer for Aging Knees
Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. There are lots of ways you can hurt your knee, but one of the most common is to tear the thick pad of cartilage called the meniscus that acts like a shock absorber.
Each year, nearly a quarter of a million people in this country damage their knee cartilage badly enough to need surgery. That is up 40 percent in the last decade.
So I was excited to hear about an experiment that could make a real difference to the thousands of Americans who damage their knee cartilage each year.
Taylor Landgraf is one of them. Ironically, it was on his way to the gym that he hurt his knee. He’d borrowed a friend’s skateboard to save time.
Taylor Landgraf: I started going down a hill that was probably a little bit too steep for a beginner and wiped out going down the hill, and I ended up tearing my meniscus.
Dr. Gupta: Unlike other tissues in the body, cartilage does not regrow. So it does not heal itself, which means cartilage injuries can last a lifetime.
David Flanigan, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center: Unfortunately, cartilage, once it’s injured, it’s really difficult to repair. We don’t have an intrinsic healing potential for it.
Dr. Gupta: But while cartilage does not regrow in the body, it will grow in a lab. So as part of an experiment, doctors took healthy cartilage cells from Taylor’s knee and started growing them in a dish.
In addition to growing cartilage in a lab to help foot and knee pain, there is a device available called the HyProCure® stent that is safe for children and adults of all ages. It corrects the underlying problem of misaligned feet that is often the cause of knee pain and pain in other areas of the body such as the feet, hips, back and neck.
Placement of the stent uses a minimally invasive technique, meaning it’s done by making a very small incision, to place the stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone to keep the ankle bone from rolling inward.
This corrects overpronation, realigns the feet, and helps eliminate pain in the knees as well.
Also used in conjuction with the HyProCure® device is stem cell therapy. Stem cells haven’t yet determined their role in the body. So if injected into tendon they can turn into tendon, or if injected into cartilage, they can turn into cartilage. They are injected into the area feeling pain and may increase healing time up to twice as fast.
If you’d like to learn more about treating your foot and knee pain, contact the best podiatrist in New York at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.