Ankle arthritis, or the progressive wearing down of the articular cartilage cushion that lines the joint, can affect both adults and children. The application of available treatment options (including fusion and replacement) can depend on both the age of the patient and the severity of the arthritis.
The first mode of treatment is non-surgical. But when the arthritis has progressed, arthrodesis (ankle fusion) has been the traditional “gold standard” treatment option for end-stage ankle arthritis. Yet, in the last two decades, total ankle replacement has become an effective alternative for many patients.
It is important to consult a foot and ankle specialist who understands the factors that influence the condition of the ankle, and who is able to recommend the best option for relief of arthritic ankle pain.