Dr. Bob Baravarian talks about some of the advancements in the treatment of Ankle Arthritis over the years and some of the advanced treatment options available today to UFAI's patients.
Arthritis is the disease of the joints. It occurs when there's deterioration or destruction of cartilage within the ankle joint. Cartilage is the smooth thin layer of soft tissue that covers the surface of the bone allowing them to move over one another without them rubbing against each other.
Cartilage absorbs forces from day-to-day living, however it isn't able to absorb every impact and may become damaged. Even small amounts of damage create uneven pressure within the joint, causing the bones to erode cartilage with each movement. It's this type damage to the cartilage that causes arthritis. Arthritis of the ankle joint can be greatly debilitating, leading to pain, decreased activity, decreased quality of life, and immobility.
The physicians at University Foot and Ankle Institute are nationally recognized as experts in the treatment of ankle arthritis treatment and ankle replacement surgery. Their expertise, combined with constant research into new technolgoies, allows UFAI to customize the very best treatment for each patient.