Do I Need Ankle Fusion Surgery?

Do I Need Ankle Fusion Surgery?

April 25, 2023

Ankle pain hurts and can negatively impact daily activities. There are various reasons one might have ankle pain, and having surgery performed may be an option for permanent relief. Ankle fusion surgery is described as a procedure that combines the bones of the ankle by using screws, plates, or possibly bone grafts. This is primarily done to reduce ankle arthritis, and is generally chosen as a last resort option. It may also be done to treat abnormal ankle structure, infections, or a failed ankle replacement. The benefits that may be gained by having this type of surgery performed can include improved foot stability, permanent pain relief, and it may be easier to complete daily activities. Additionally, the overall quality of life may be improved, and possible disability may be reduced. If you have ankle arthritis, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine if ankle fusion surgery is best for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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