final stage ankle arthritis

My X-ray in June showed severe arthritis, bone-on-bone. My orthopedist prescribed the Arizona brace which I now wear when I'm awake. It does a great job, but I wonder how long this will continue before I need a complete ankle replacement. I am not a diabetic nor do I smoke. I'm 73 and am in otherwise good health. With tylenol and ibuprofen I am confortable. Is it possible to regrow the lost cartilage? What are my alternatives or can I wear this brace forever? Thanks.

Posted By nyla verisario on September 05, 2003 at 07:43:22:

 

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