Ankle Surgeons Sterling CO
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital: St Anthony Hosp Central, Denver, Co; East Morgan County Hosp, Brush, Co; Melissa Mem Hosp, Holyoke, Co; Sedgwick County Mem Hosp, Julesburg, Co; Sterling Regional Medcenter, Sterling, Co; Memorial Health Center, Sidney, Ne
Group Practice: Nor
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital: San Luis Valley Reg Med Ctr, Alamosa, Co
Group Practice: San Luis Valley Medical Clinic
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1971
Johnson Chiropractic P.C.
Back pain,Chronic pain,Foot pain,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Migraine headaches,Neck pain,Upper back pain
Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,Spinal manipulation
American Chiropractic Association,Colorado Chiropractic Association
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1997
A Patient's Guide to 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: A Patient's Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Ankle
This guide will help you understand
How does the ankle joint work?
The ankle joint is made up of three bones: the lower end of the tibia (shinbone), the fibula (the small bone of the lower leg), and the talus (the bone that fits into the socket formed by the tibia and fibula). The talus sits on top of the calcaneus (the heelbone).
The talus moves mainly in one direction. It works like a hinge to allow your foot to move up and down.
Ligaments on both sides of the ankle joint help hold the bones together. Many tendons cross the ankle to move the ankle and the toes. (Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect muscle to bone.)
The large Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle is the most powerful tendon in the foot. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and gives the foot the power for walking, running, and jumping.
Inside the joint, the bones are covered with a slick material called articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that allows the bones to move smoothly against one another in the joints of the body.
The cartilage lining is about one-quarter of an inch thick in most joints that carry body weight, such as the ankle, hip, or knee. It is soft enough to allow for shock absorption but tough enough to last a lifetime, as long as it is not injured.
Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Ankle Anatomy
What does the surgeon hope to accomplish?
An ankle fusion actually removes the surfaces of the ankle joint and allows the tibia to grow together, or fuse, with the talus. There are operations for many joints in the body that surgically fuse the joint to control pain. Before the development of artificial joints this was the primary operation available to treat an extremely painful joint. In some cases, fusion is still the best choice.
For the ankle, a fusion is a very good operation for treating a worn-out joint. This is especially true if the patient is young and very active. An ankle fu...