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Understanding Ankle Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Jul 21, 2023 | Ankle Arthritis, Ankle Conditions

Ankle arthritis is a condition where the ankle joint becomes inflamed, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. It can be caused by normal wear and tear of the joint over time, as well as injury or infection. The symptoms of ankle arthritis can vary from mild to severe and may include pain during movement, tenderness, stiffness, limited range of motion, and difficulty walking.

Diagnosis of ankle arthritis usually involves a physical examination by a doctor along with imaging tests, such as X-rays.

Conservative treatments for ankle arthritis include lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and exercise, to reduce stress on the joint. Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also help alleviate symptoms. Physical therapy may also be recommended.

Surgical treatments for ankle arthritis may be necessary if conservative measures have failed to relieve symptoms or if there is significant damage to the joint. One surgical option is ankle fusion, which involves fusing the bones in the ankle joint together to reduce pain and improve stability. Another surgical option is ankle replacement, which involves replacing the damaged joint with an artificial joint. 

It’s important to discuss the best treatment options for your individual case with your doctor. They can help you determine which conservative or surgical treatments are most appropriate for you. With proper medical attention, it is possible to manage the symptoms of ankle arthritis and maintain a good quality of life.

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About Dr. Salvatore Meleca, DPM

Salvatore Meleca, DPM is a highly respected foot and ankle surgeon with extensive training and experience in podiatric medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, where he was mentored by Dr. Ettore Vulcano, a world-renowned orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Under the directorship of Dr. Jacob Silverstone, Dr. Meleca completed a 3 year surgical residency, performing and participating in various specialty surgeries such as orthopedics, plastics, vascular and more. His greatest qualities that are brought to his foot and ankle care are his sophisticated approach to conservative treatments, his careful surgical procedural selection, and his capabilities in performing minimally invasive technique surgeries.

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