Ankle joint arthritic change is not as common as knee or hip but can be just as disabling.
It is often the result of trauma – a car accident or possibly the long-term effects of sport such as football.
There is a lot that can be helped by ensuring the joint moves properly. This involves getting the correct length in the calf muscle and appropriate strength in the stabilising muscles either side of the joint. One common ‘loss’ is to the normal slide and slide of the joint so manual mobilisation and specific exercise help restore this function.
If there are changes to the bony structure then surgery can be beneficial, as it can for small osteochondral changes to the cartilage surface. We have a lot of experience in rehabilitating patients from these operations.