The treatment of ankle conditions or abnormalities begins with the most conservative options, using minimally invasive techniques.
Ankle fusion (arthrodesis) aims to relieve pain and maintain or improve function for patients with ankle arthritis (a degeneration of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones that form the ankle joint). Ankle arthrodesis fuses these bones.
Total Ankle Replacement (TAA) improves ankle motion and decreases pain during activity. This treatment is an option for patients with ankle arthritis, but only after more conservative treatment options have been explored.
Ankle arthroscopy is a procedure in which a small incision is made in the ankle to allow a mini telescope to visualise the joint. Through a secondary incision, an instrument is introduced to remove inflammation or debris and repair damage.
Ankle Distraction Arthroplasty
Ankle distraction arthroplasty is an innovative procedure for treating ankle arthritis in certain patients. Distraction arthroplasty is a distraction (stretching out) of the ankle joint. The ankle is held in this stretched-out position for a period of time. This technique is used to unload the ankle joint and allow healing of the damaged joint.