Ankle Replacement: A New Gold Standard for Arthritis
July 19, 2022
Perceived by patients to cause the same extent of impairment as congestive heart failure and end-stage kidney disease, ankle arthritis affects about one percent of the United States population and mostly occurs from post-traumatic ankle injuries.
Although ankle fusion has historically been the gold standard treatment for ankle arthritis, sources who spoke with Healio/Orthopedics Today said the use of total ankle replacement (TAR), or ankle arthroplasty, for this indication has increased in the past decade.
Dr. Lew Schon is the Director of Orthopedic Innovation at The Institute of Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center. He is one of the leading experts in the field of total ankle replacement. Dr. Schon was among those interviewed by Healio/Orthopedics Today.