Total ankle joint replacement

Drug Ther Bull. 2016 Feb;54(2):22-4. doi: 10.1136/dtb.2016.2.0384.


Ankle arthritis results in a stiff and painful ankle and can be a major cause of disability. For people with end-stage ankle arthritis, arthrodesis (ankle fusion) is effective at reducing pain in the shorter term, but results in a fixed joint, and over time the loss of mobility places stress on other joints in the foot that may lead to arthritis, pain and dysfunction. Another option is to perform a total ankle joint replacement, with the aim of giving the patient a mobile and pain-free ankle. In this article we review the efficacy of this procedure, including how it compares to ankle arthrodesis, and consider the indications and complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle / surgery*
  • Arthritis / surgery*
  • Arthrodesis / adverse effects
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications
  • Joint Prosthesis / adverse effects
  • Postoperative Complications