Ankle Fusion Vs. Ankle Replacement in Colorado Springs

Welcome to a Medical Minute segment with Dr. Alex Simpson, DO, Board Certified Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group as he discusses ankle fusion vs. ankle replacement procedures, as well as injuries that can initiate the onset of ankle arthritis.

During an ankle fusion, the surgeon will fuse the ankle bones together disabling movement within the joint. The goal of this procedure is to decrease pain within the joint. Alternatively, an ankle replacement replaces the tibiotalar joint (ankle joint) where your shinbone (tibia) sits on top of your foot bone (talus). This procedure does allow for movement within the joint after surgery. Both Ankle Fusions and Ankle Replacements can be used to treat ankle arthritis.

After discussing symptoms and analyzing diagnostic imaging with your physician, your physician will develop a detailed treatment plan comprised of the most efficient treatment method to fit your needs. The right treatment typically varies upon your natural anatomical bone placement, your body’s natural movement translation within the joint, quality of your bone density, and your routine physical activity habits. For those not eligible for a replacement, an ankle fusion remains a great treatment option for ankle arthritis.

Some examples of injuries that may lead to the onset of ankle arthritis include a bad ankle sprain that was never been treated or an ankle break where the bones are out of position for any period of time and where the bones healed in an abnormal way.

At CSOG, we offer a wide variety of services that can help patients accelerate their recovery processes such as our Audubon Orthotic and Prosthetic Services division where we can custom fit you to any necessary braces, orthotics, or stability boots. We also offer injection therapies, such as cortisone injections, as a conservative treatment option and in-house physical therapy services that can help delay the onset of ankle arthritis or help accelerate your rehabilitation process post-surgery.

When comparing ankle fusion vs. ankle replacement to choose which procedures are best for you, call us at 719-632-7669 today to schedule a consultation.

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