Ankle Arthroscopy - When is it time to have an ankle “scoped”?

You probably have heard of arthroscopic knee surgery, in which a small camera and instruments are placed into the knee joint to help repair injuries from prolonged “wear and tear” on the joint. This type of procedure is also commonly performed on a painful ankle joint. If you have ankle pain that is persisting despite conservative treatments, an ankle arthroscopy may help.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small camera and instruments such as shavers or graspers are placed into the ankle joint through small incisions on the front of the ankle.

Before surgery, ankle pain should be evaluated in the clinic. Your doctor may order x-rays of the ankle or recommend injections into the joint, braces to support the joint, or other conservative treatments.

If your ankle pain persists despite conservative treatments, a podiatrist may recommend an ankle scope. Arthroscopy can be conducted for ankle impingement, which is pain along the front of the ankle when you bend the foot upwards, or for osteochondral lesions, which are injuries to the cartilage surface in the ankle. Ankle arthroscopy is also commonly done in conjunction with other procedures around the ankle joint, such as lateral ankle stabilization, which is a surgery to tighten the ligaments in an ankle that has had a lot of sprains.

The podiatrists at Indiana Podiatry Group are highly trained in treating foot and ankle conditions. If you are suffering from ankle pain, call and schedule an appointment today.

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