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Ankle Arthritis

    Ankle Arthritis

    Though not as common as arthritis of the hip or the knee, ankle arthritis can be a very disabling condition. Common symptoms are pain and swelling around the ankle.  The most common cause is previous trauma such as fractures or recurrent ankle sprains. Simple conservative treatments such as steroid injections and bracing can be helpful, but if these fail, surgery can often be helpful. Arthrodesis (or fusion) of the ankle is the traditional surgical treatment, but ankle replacement and distraction arthroplasty are two newer treatments that are an attractive alternative for select candidates