Physiotherapy in Lethbridge for Ankle Fusion
Welcome to Peak Physical Therapy's patient resource about Ankle Fusion.
An ankle fusion is a surgical procedure that is usually done when an ankle joint becomes worn out and painful, a condition called degenerative arthritis. Ankle fusion is sometimes called ankle arthrodesis.
Probably the most common cause of degenerative arthritis of the ankle is an ankle fracture. Many years after a serious fracture, the joint may wear out and become painful. Just as an out-of-balance piece of machinery wears out faster, a joint that is out of balance after it heals from a fracture can wear out faster than normal. This process may take many years. Other types of arthritis can lead to a painful ankle joint as well. For example, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the ankle, leading to a painful joint.
Related Document: Peak Physical Therapy's Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Ankle
This document will help you understand:
- why an ankle fusion becomes necessary
- what happens during surgery
- what to expect during your recovery