Ankles support the majority of our full body weight, whether we're walking, running, dancing or playing football.
That’s a lot of pressure to put on a small joint, which is why ankles are quite vulnerable to injury. Medical conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis may also damage ankle joints.
While some patients may benefit from an ankle fusion surgery, most surgeons recommend a Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Metal or plastic materials are used to create a new ankle joint. Occasionally, patients also have a tight muscle or Achilles tendon. The surgeon will perform a lengthening procedure, so that the patient experiences improved motion after the procedure.