Ankle reconstruction surgery is a viable treatment option for those suffering from chronic ankle pain and arthritis. There are many causes of ankle arthritis, but the end result is a loss of the slippery cartilage surface and the development of a painful, bone-on-bone joint. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and improve function.
To relieve pain and restore function, ankle reconstruction surgery can be performed in one of two ways: ankle fusion or ankle replacement.
- Ankle Fusion – The arthritic ankle joints are roughened up and locked into a comfortable position with screws. By eliminating motion of the joint, pain is relieved.
- Ankle Replacement – The ankle joint is replaced with a prosthesis or artificial ankle made of steel and plastic. This option provides pain relief but also allows the ankle joint to move.
To learn more about ankle reconstruction surgery, please complete the appointment request box or call (319) 338-36063 to schedule a consultation with a Steindler Orthopedic Clinic specialty-trained ankle doctor.