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Drug Ther Bull. 2016 Feb;54(2):22-4. doi: 10.1136/dtb.2016.2.0384.

Total ankle joint replacement.

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Abstract

Ankle arthritis results in a stiff and painful ankle and can be a major cause of disability. For people with end-stage ankle arthritis, arthrodesis (ankle fusion) is effective at reducing pain in the shorter term, but results in a fixed joint, and over time the loss of mobility places stress on other joints in the foot that may lead to arthritis, pain and dysfunction. Another option is to perform a total ankle joint replacement, with the aim of giving the patient a mobile and pain-free ankle. In this article we review the efficacy of this procedure, including how it compares to ankle arthrodesis, and consider the indications and complications.

PMID:
26868932
DOI:
10.1136/dtb.2016.2.0384
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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