Ankle arthritis is usually caused by post-traumatic, high-energy injuries rather than simply long-term wear, as is usually the case with hip or knee arthritis. Ankle arthritis affects both adults and children, and the application of available treatment options – including ankle fusion and ankle replacement – depend on both the age of the patient and the severity of the arthritis. The rise of life-saving vehicle airbags has led to an increase in the number of severe, end-stage ankle arthritis cases in younger people who survive car accidents.
In this video interview from 2008, Drs. Deland and Saltzman discuss the causes of ankle arthritis and review the options available to those affected by it.