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Ankle Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure during which the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis and treatment of problems inside the joint. Ankle Arthroscopy includes the diagnosis and treatment of ankle conditions.

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Ankle Fracture

Ankle fractures: General facts

Fractures of the ankle range from relatively minor twisting injuries to those associated with violent disruption of the ankle, which may occur in motor vehicle accidents and falls from a height. There are two different mechanisms of injury that have different effects on the structure of the ankle. One occurs with a twisting mechanism where the body rotates around the foot, and the other occurs with a crushing mechanism following an impact to the foot, for example in a motor vehicle accident. Those with severe impact from motor vehicle accidents and falls from a height have the worst prognosis since there is often damage to the cartilage lining of the ankle. We cannot guarantee that you will not get arthritis, however, the chances are decreased compared to not surgically fixing them.

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Cartilage Injuries

Osteochondral injuries are one of the most common causes of ankle pain. Though in a majority of cases there is a history of injury or trauma to the ankle joint, a few cases may not have any previous history of ankle injury. A condition known as osteochondritis dissecans is commonly seen in the knee and ankle joint and is characterized by the damage and separation of a piece of bone and cartilage, within the joint, from the underlying bone. In the ankle joint it mainly affects the talus bone and sometime the lower end of the tibia or shin bone may also be affected.

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Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord present behind the ankle that connects the calf muscles to heel bone. It is used when you walk, run, and jump. When the Achilles tendon becomes thin, weak, or if it is not used, it may be susceptible to injury or damage.

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Ankle Sprain

Sprain is characterized either by stretching or tearing of ligaments, which connect adjacent bones in a joint and provides stability to the joint. An ankle sprain is a common injury and occurs when you fall or suddenly twist the ankle joint, or when you land your foot in an awkward position after a jump.

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Ankle Instability

Ankle instability is a chronic condition characterized by a recurrent slipping of the outer side of the ankle. It usually results from repeated ankle sprains. It is generally noticed during movement of the ankle joint but can also occur during standing as well.

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