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Is surgery an option for food and ankle osteoarthritis?

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Types of surgery that treat foot and ankle osteoarthritis include:

  • Fusion surgery. This kind of surgery, also called arthrodesis, fuses bones together with rods, pins, screws, or plates. After healing, the bones stay fused together.
  • Joint replacement surgery. This involves replacing the ankle joint with artificial implants. It's used only in rare cases.

From: Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "What Is Osteoarthritis?" and "Hand Out on Health: Osteoarthritis."

National Institute on Aging: "Age Page: Arthritis Advice."

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 3, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "What Is Osteoarthritis?" and "Hand Out on Health: Osteoarthritis."

National Institute on Aging: "Age Page: Arthritis Advice."

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 3, 2018

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