The foot and ankle are a complex part of our skeleton. Unfortunately, due to the nature of being on our feet throughout our life and the various activities we are involved in, these areas are at high risk of injury. Fractures of the foot and ankle are quite common. They can range from rather simple to extremely complex. Subsequently, treatments can vary widely depending on the nature of the injury.
Proper alignment and stability is vital for successful, pain free outcomes after fractures to these areas. Sometimes this can be achieved non-operatively but other times surgery is necessary to optimize outcomes. At OSI our surgeons are well versed at dealing with these type of injuries and can provide you with proper recommendations and treatment when needed.
Arthroscopic surgery of the ankle is an effective means to address various injuries in a less-invasive manner than open techniques. In this procedure a small camera is inserted into the joint through small incisions to help diagnose and treat the condition. This can help expedite the recovery process by being less disruptive to the surrounding soft tissues.
Not all injuries or conditions can be treated with arthroscopic surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon at OSI will suggest the best course of action for your particular situation.
Ankle fusion surgery
An alternative to joint replacement, an ankle fusion surgery (or ankle arthrodesis) seeks to relieve pain in the ankle by removing motion from the ankle. In this surgery, the bones that make up your ankle joint are fused together into one bone. Because these bones will no longer move against each other in an up and down motion, the pain can be reduced or eliminated.
Not every person is a candidate for ankle fusion, and ankle fusion may not be preferable to another course of treatment. It’s important to consult with your orthopedic surgeon to find out if ankle fusion is recommended for you.