Ankle Arthritis is severe inflammation of your ankle joints. It can happen with injury or trauma to the ankle, general wear and tear, or from your own body’s response. The arthritis can worsen when the cartilage in your joint no longer moves as it used to.
Symptoms of ankle arthritis can include pain while walking or doing physical activity, swelling, redness and warmth in the ankle, or limitation in your ankle’s range of motion.
Ankle arthritis can be debilitating and often makes everyday activities difficult. We can help treat your ankle arthritis with custom braces, which can reduce the pain of walking or of daily activities. We can also prescribe medication to reduce the inflammation and pain, including steroid injections to the ankle.
In the event you require surgical treatment, we can perform what’s called an ankle arthroscopy. An ankle arthroscopy uses a small camera and instrument to clean the ankle joint. Depending on the severity of your condition, the ankle joint can be restored with bone or other medical techniques. For more severe cases of ankle arthritis, we can also discuss your options in ankle joint fusion or total ankle implants. Ankle joint fusion removes the diseased cartilage and fuses the joints together with orthopedic hardware. Ankle joint implant removes the diseased bone and cartilage and implants medical-grade metal to act as the new joint.
If you believe you may be suffering from ankle arthritis or have any questions, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Dr. De Los Santos