Arthritis will cause pain in the joints, including the ankle. When arthritis begins to affect the ankle, patients may find that they have a much harder time walking. This can be very debilitating and can even prevent people from working. Doctors will recommend several different treatments for arthritis, including various medications and injections to the joint. However, there are times when these treatments do not work and the doctor can perform ankle fusion surgery on the patient.
Patients who feel that they should have ankle fusion surgery, but cannot find a physician in their country who can perform the surgery, may travel overseas to find a surgeon who can successfully perform the procedure. Ankle fusion is a procedure that tries to fuse the tibia and talus bones in the ankle.