People who have severe arthritis may consider having a surgery performed that is known as a triple arthrodesis. It is a procedure that fuses three joints of the ankle. It may help to have this type of foot surgery done to relieve pain if the joints are deformed or unstable as a result of arthritis. Existing conditions that may qualify for a triple arthrodesis can include ankle instability, severe flat foot, or extremely high arches. Some patients have abnormal connections between the bones and may consider this type of surgery. A proper diagnosis is performed by having X-rays taken, which can be beneficial to completely understanding the problems in the ankle. There may be risk factors with this type of surgery. Bones may fuse abnormally, and there could be delayed wound healing or nerve injury. If you have arthritis, and it is severely affecting your ankle, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can determine if this surgery is correct for you
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.