A number of different conditions and disorders may result in the need for ankle surgery. Surgery on the ankles can correct deformities that make movement difficult and painful.
Common conditions for which ankle surgery may be helpful include:
- Injuries to the ankle
- Birth defects that result in deformities
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Neuromuscular conditions
During ankle surgery, an experienced surgeon may work to realign the deformity, sometimes using an internal or external device to set the ankle in the correct position, thus allowing it to heal properly. In many cases, patients will make a full recovery.