While conservative treatment can help most foot and ankle conditions, there are a couple types of ankle injuries that might need surgery for optimal healing. A main one is arthritis, with osteoarthritis being a primary concern. This condition may need to be addressed with ankle fusion or replacement procedures, depending on the nature and severity of a patient’s specific case.
Ankle fractures that are severe or unstable can require surgery. This definitely applies to open fractures (where bone has broken through the skin). A broken ankle that is stable will likely only need nonsurgical treatment.
Achilles tendon disorders are also injuries that may need surgical procedures when conservative care does not provide ample relief, but these surgeries are rarely required.
At Richardson Podiatry Associates, we typically explore conservative treatment options before recommending surgical procedures, but you can take comfort in the fact that we are quite experienced at performing effective ankle surgeries. If you are experiencing an ankle issue, come to our Richardson, TX office and we will diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan that works for you. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or request an appointment online today.