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Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Oct;43(10):451-7.

5 points on total ankle arthroplasty.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute, Charlotte, NC.


End-stage ankle arthritis is a painful and functionally limiting condition that can significantly worsen quality of life. Ankle arthrodesis, a common surgical procedure for ankle arthritis, provides good pain relief, patient satisfaction, and clinical outcomes when fusion is achieved. Potential disadvantages include malunion and nonunion, malalignment, limited range of motion (ROM), altered gait mechanics, and development of adjacent joint arthritis requiring reoperation.

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