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You don't have to live with ankle pain. Depending on the severity of your problem, medication, bracing or surgery can help. If the damage to your ankle is limited to a smaller area, conservative options such as anti-inflammatories and injections can help keep the pain under control. Bracing, which prevents the ankle joint from moving, can also work for some people. If your doctor recommends surgery, there are several options:
Arthroscopy - this minimally invasive technique can remove damaged cartilage, bone spurs and scar tissue.
Microfracture - this procedure creates small fractures in the bone, which cause new cartilage to develop.
Fusion - with ankle fusion, the bones of the ankle are bonded together, preventing the movement that's causing pain.
Ankle replacement - as with other joint replacement surgeries, ankle replacements entails replacing the joint with metal and a polyethylene liner that acts as cartilage. Because of the complexity of the ankle joint and the lack of soft tissue and stability, ankle replacements are more difficult than knee or hip replacements.
Register online to attend our free seminar on treatment options. For a referral to an orthopedic surgeon on the Baylor Fort Worth medical staff who specializes in feet and ankles, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit BaylorHealth.com/AllSaintsOrtho.
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