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London’s leaders in ankle arthritis and ankle replacement

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020 7042 1828

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15-17 Lodge Road, St John's Wood

London NW8 7JA

Do I have arthritis in my ankle?

Most cases of ankle arthritis are secondary to injury, sometimes occurring years after an ankle fracture or even several severe sprains. It can also be caused by rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, which can lead to damage and destruction of joints.

What is ankle arthritis?

The ankle joint is formed by the lower end of the tibia (shin bone) and the talus (ankle bone), also known as the tibiotalar joint. In normal joints there is a layer of cartilage (or gristle), which acts as a shock absorber and allows smooth gliding motion.

 

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage is worn and bone starts to rub on bone which causes pain. Often, extra parts of bone form osteophytes, which together with scarring of the joint lining, are responsible for joint stiffness. Pain and stiffness are the two main symptoms of ankle arthritis.

How can you treat ankle arthritis?

Most patients with ankle arthritis respond to non-surgical treatments such as:

  • Changing their activity levels
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and ankle supports.

Which is better, ankle fusion or ankle replacement?

Both are effective, recognised treatments for ankle arthritis
Mr Andrew Goldberg

Foot and ankle surgeon at the London Ankle Arthritis Centre

When non-operative treatments have been unsuccessful, LAAC will look at other treatment options including:

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Any questions about our services? Get in touch and we'll be happy to answer your queries or book an appointment for you.

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