Treatment of Chronic Ankle Pain

Ankle injuries can sometimes stay for a fairly long time despite completion of the treatment. In many cases, patients are unable to return to their optimum function after an injury to the ankle joint. This condition is now known as chronic ankle dysfunction.

Chronic ankle dysfunction can result from numerous causes such as ligament injury, unstable ankle, lesions in the cartilage and even poor rehabilitation. The conditions, if promptly and effectively treated, can halt the progression to chronic ankle pain.

Minimally invasive arthroscopy or keyhole surgery is now the number one treatment of choice for the early recovery.

What is Keyhole Surgery?

Compression of the structures at the front or back of the ankle causes a chronic pain termed as ankle impingement. This occurs after an injury to the ankle joint commonly during active sports. Once the condition has been accurately diagnosed and evaluated, a keyhole or arthroscopic surgery is advised.

Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive technique that makes use of tiny, keyhole-like incisions in the ankle. The structures inside are visualized through a small camera called the arthroscope, and injured elements are repaired through this same keyhole access.

This type of surgery has several benefits over the standard open surgery. For starters, it is more comfortable for the patient with reduced post-op pain. Keyhole surgery also decreases the chances of complications and results in less blood loss during the operation.

For the most effective and speedy recovery, arthroscopy or keyhole surgery is now the preferred choice of treatment in patients with chronic ankle pain.

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