Extended indications for foot and ankle arthroscopy

J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2014 Jan;22(1):10-9. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-22-01-10.


Advances in foot and ankle arthroscopy have allowed surgeons to diagnose and treat a broadening array of disorders that were previously limited to open procedures. Arthroscopy of the posterior ankle, subtalar joint, and first metatarsophalangeal joint and tendoscopy can be used to address common foot and ankle ailments, with the potential benefits of decreased pain, fast recovery, and low complication rates. Posterior ankle and subtalar arthroscopy can be used to manage impingement, arthrofibrosis, synovitis, arthritis, fractures, and osteochondral defects. First metatarsophalangeal joint arthroscopy can address osteophytes, chronic synovitis, osteochondral defects, and degenerative joint disease. Tendoscopy is a minimally invasive alternative for evaluation and débridement of the Achilles, posterior tibial, flexor hallucis longus, and peroneal tendons.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Joint / surgery*
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Contraindications
  • Foot Diseases / surgery*
  • Foot Joints / surgery*
  • Fracture Fixation / methods
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / surgery*
  • Ligaments, Articular / surgery
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / surgery
  • Prone Position
  • Subtalar Joint / surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disc
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery
  • Tenosynovitis / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome