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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: No cartilage in ankle- limitations?

 loveofthescreen - Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:40 pm

My best friend was injured in the war five years or so ago and now has no cartilage in his ankle. He underwent surgery including pins in his ankle and had physical therapy. He was told he would walk with a cane most of his days but so far is doing fine walking and functioning normally. I would like to know what his limitations might be.. I don’t want him to overdo it yet he is adamant about going hiking, skiing, etc with me which in my opinion may hurt him in the long run. Any expert advice? Anything we can do to help aid his healing process? Herbs? Therapy?

 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:37 pm

User avatar Hello,
Too much prolonged weight bearing or stress on a joint without cartilage could cause lasting pain and dysfunction.
So 'easy does it' is the rule of thumb.
Wintergreen essential oil has natural anti inflammatory properties similar to willow bark and can be applied topically.

Take care.

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