Do you experience pain in and around your ankle? Ankle stiffness? Ankle swelling?
Symptoms: What does Ankle Arthritis feel like?
Typically, ankle arthritis causes pain with loading the joint (i.e. walking or running). The pain is generally along the front of the ankle. It can often lead to stiffness with range of motion of the ankle joint, when the arthritis is advanced. It can also lead to ankle swelling and soft tissue tenderness, and occasionally even pain at rest.
Evaluation: How is Ankle Arthritis diagnosed?
Evaluation begins with a physical examination of the extremity, and radiographs (X-rays). An X-ray will often show narrowing of the joint, suggestive of thinning cartilage, and show any deformity of the joint. A CT scan can sometimes be helpful to evaluate the extent of arthritic bone cysts, or an MRI to assess the damage to the cartilage in early cases.
Recovery: What Can Be Expected?
Ankle arthroscopy recovery is typically a few days on crutches or a walking boot, then physical therapy to get back into your regular shoes after a couple of weeks. The ankle fusion surgery is non-weight bearing for 6-8 weeks, and can then transition to a walking boot for another 4-6 weeks, depending on the bone quality and type of fixation. Ankle replacements are also typically non-weight bearing for the first 6 weeks, then a walking boot for another 4 weeks, before transitioning to good supportive shoes. All of these surgical options benefit from good post operative care and treatment to help control swelling, improve range of motion if needed, and to strengthen the surrounding muscle groups.
The following physicians specialize in the treatment of Ankle Arthritis:
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I went to Dr. Watson with a lot of foot pain. He guided me through the process of healing. His office is connected with great physical therapists that were able to assist me in buying the correct shoes and orthotics. They made a great team in helping me walk comfortably again. I was happy to avoid surgery.
I had similar surgery on my other ankle several years ago with another doctor so I was hesitant going into this surgery but this went a 100 times better. Very pleased so far with the results and he and his whole staff are outstanding.
I broke my lower leg bone in my ankle on Saturday, Dr. Watson was able to see me on the following Monday. I had my surgery the next day. I have been more than happy with Dr. Watson and his staff. I was able to have open discussions about what to expect and how the treatment will go. I have nothing but positive testimonials for the service I’ve received. I highly recommend Dr. Watson and his staff. Top notch!