What is ankle fusion?
This is an operation to “fuse” or stiffen the ankle joint.
Why is it performed?
Ankle fusions are performed for two main reasons:
- Arthritis of the joint, a previous injury that has damaged
the joint, a generalised condition such as osteoarthritis or
rheumatoid arthritis or because the joint is just wearing out
for some other reason.
- Severe deformity of the rear part of the foot such as a
flat foot, high-arched or “cavus” foot, a club foot or
other deformity in which the ankle joint is also deformed,
unstable or damaged.