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Types of Ankle Surgery for Arthritis

Ankle arthritis, marked by the deterioration of the cartilage in the ankle joint, can cause significant pain and hinder movement. When conservative treatments like braces, cortisone injections, and physical therapy fail to alleviate symptoms, ankle surgery may become necessary. For mild to moderate arthritis, minimally invasive surgeries can help by  cleaning out inflamed tissue and removing bone spurs to restore range of motion and reduce pain. In more severe cases, ankle fusion or ankle replacement might be required. Fusing the bones of the ankle can help to eliminate pain, though it reduces flexibility. In contrast, replacement of the damaged joint with an artificial one offers better movement but with a longer recovery period. Cartilage repair techniques can help regenerate damaged cartilage. Another option involves using an external device to stretch the joint, which allows space for cartilage repair. Each surgical method has its benefits and considerations, making it essential to discuss with a podiatrist which option is best suited to your condition. If ankle arthritis is impacting your life, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park Podiatry . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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