Dr. Frankel performs the latest and most advanced procedures to effectively replace or fuse the ankle to reduce pain and improve function
Ankle arthritis is particularly challenging when ankle joint cartilage is worn-down and there is bone rubbing against bone. When pain from ankle arthritis is persistent and limiting your normal activities, your doctor may suggest that it is time to consider either ankle fusion or ankle replacement. Ankle fusion eliminates ankle pain by fusing or locking the ankle in an anatomic position which eliminates painful ankle joint motion.
Ankle replacement is a newer option and preserves ankle joint motion. The artificial ankle joint motion closely resembles a normal ankle joint.
There are a number of important factors involved in the decision as to whether an ankle replacement or ankle fusion is right for you or a loved one. Consideration is given to a person’s overall medical condition. Some conditions such as diabetes, low activity level, or obesity may limit a patient’s suitability for these procedures. Dr. Marc Frankel can explain the various alternatives and help you decide which option is likely to be successful.