A Twin Cities doctor is using a new therapy that basically grows bone tissue. It's a product made from adult stem cells and it has helped Amanda Nelson get moving again.
She took a simple walk with her mom around Lake Cornelia in Edina Tuesday. But a simple walk is something Nelson doesn't take for granted because for three years, walking was incredibly painful.
That pain began four years ago after Nelson took just one bad step. Nelson said, "I thought I was at the bottom and I had one more stair left and I took my foot and I thought I just rolled it but I actually took my toes all the way back toward my ankle, dislocated everything."
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Coetzee, of Twin Cities Orthopedics, said Nelson hyper-flexed her foot, dislocating the joints in the upper part near her ankle.
Her one bad step also tore ligaments in her foot, making the joints unstable. Nelson, a nurse, couldn't do her job. She said, "I couldn't work on the floor passing meds and anything because I hurt so bad. So I had to pretty much take an office job."