Severe arthritis of the ankle joint is the result of progressive wearing down of the articular cartilage cushion that lines the joint, ultimately creating bone-on-bone grinding. End-stage arthritis results in pain, combined with loss of function and mobility – severely limiting normal activity. When this end stage is reached and non-operative options (such as medication, injections, and bracing) have been exhausted, patients are presented with two methods of surgical treatment.
A simple Google search for “knee arthritis” yields more results than a person can read in a lifetime. With information overload, it can be difficult to decipher what is true and applicable in your situation. While much of what is found on the internet is true regarding arthritis, some pieces of information are not. Hopefully these explanations will dispel some common arthritis myths.