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Procedure - Ankle Arthroplasty & Ankle Fusion

Movement shouldn’t hurt. But with a condition like ankle arthritis, every step, every day, causes some pain. One of the only ways to overcome this difficult condition is arthroplasty.

Ankle arthritis occurs when the cartilage in the ankle joints wears out and people experience swelling, loss of motion, pain, and in extreme cases, disability. The specialists at Ogden Clinic are familiar treating arthritis of the ankle with ankle arthroplasty and ankle fusion procedures.

There are many types of arthritis that can affect the ankles including:

  • Gout
  • Pseudogout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Septic Arthritis

To treat these conditions and relieve pain, an Ogden Clinic Foot and Ankle Specialist may recommend an ankle arthroplasty or ankle fusion procedure. Both of these procedures become an option when nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve the pain of arthritis.

Ankle Arthroplasty

During this procedure, your doctor will remove the ends of the bones damaged by the arthritis and attach a plastic and metal replacement joint onto them. For this reason it is also referred to as an ankle replacement. This artificial joint can help the person maintain more natural movement, which can reduce the risk of developing arthritis in joints nearby. This procedure is most successful in patients who are healthy, over the age of 60, and lead less-active lifestyles.

Ankle Fusion

As opposed to an ankle arthroplasty, an ankle fusion procedure does not replace the joint of the ankle. Instead, your doctor will fasten the ends of the damaged bones together with screws and metal plates. While you are healing, the damaged bones will fuse together to form one combined bone. This procedure is recommended for patients who are younger and lead active lifestyles. An ankle fusion is more durable than an ankle arthroplasty and has less restrictions in motion during the recovery process.

Suffering with arthritis can cause people of any age to experience pain and a loss of mobility. For this reason, Ogden Clinic in Utah offers patients both ankle arthroplasty and ankle fusion procedures to restore movement and reduce the painful symptoms of arthritis. If you would like to learn more about these procedures, contact us today to schedule an appointment.