When An Ankle Joint Becomes Severely Worn: Ankle Arthritis
Ankles are a little more complex, as their is 2 separate joints next to each other, which allow for foot plantar and dorsiflexion (up and down movement), and the sub talar joint, composed of the talus- navicular articulation, which allows the foot to turn in and out, known as inversion and eversion. With that being said, ankle arthritis is a common problem.
Causes of Ankle Arthritis
With repetitive trauma, aging and excessive weight gain, the ankle joints become worn and degenerative arthritis occurs. When the joint is extremely, worn surgical options are less successful than with knees and hips.
Ankle Surgery Vs. Regenerative Therapy
Ankle replacement surgery is often not successful, for this reason many surgeons recommend ankle fusion.
Ankle fusion is irreversible. By fusing the ankle it will alter gait and affect adjacent joints that may already be wearing as well. The best option is to start treatment early before the ankle joint ever gets too the point of being too worn, your options are limited.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.