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Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Palm Harbor, FL

Ankle Arthritis Q & A

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What is ankle arthritis?

This inflammatory joint condition affects the heel bone, inner midfoot bone, and outer midfoot bone.

What causes ankle arthritis?

Ankle arthritis is usually the result of previous trauma, such as a bad ankle fracture or multiple ankle sprains. 

What are the symptoms of ankle arthritis?

  • Severe pain
  • Joint deformity
  • Joint alignment issues
  • Significant loss of motion
  • In some people, grinding sounds or feelings when moving he ankle joint

How is ankle arthritis diagnosed?

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the area and go over your medical history. X-rays are commonly used to detect arthritis, but an MRI or CT scan can also help diagnose this condition.

What are treatments for arthritis in the ankle?

Treatment of ankle arthritis commonly starts with efforts to decrease the pain. Usually this involves limiting motion with a brace and taking anti-inflammatory medication. Weight loss and activity modification helps many people, as well. 

Injections of corticosteroid, platelet-rich plasma, or stem cells can sometimes be helpful as well.  

Surgery is usually reserved when conservative measures have failed. In mild or moderate arthritis, arthroscopic debridement (cleaning out) of the ankle joint can be helpful.  If the arthritis is severe, the two surgical options are ankle fusion or ankle replacement.  Ankle replacement is preferred in older patients with arthritis with limited deformity who are not excessively active.  

The highly experienced doctors at Orthopedic Specialists have the expertise you need to treat ankle arthritis and other foot and ankle conditions. Schedule an evaluation today.  

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