Ankle Arthroscopy Specialist

Arizona Foot Health

Podiatrists located in Phoenix, AZ

Ankle arthroscopy can help relieve pain and dysfunction in a damaged or arthritic ankle. The procedure is less invasive than open surgery and can effectively eliminate pain and restore function. Ryan Golub, DPM, and Zachary Flynn, DPM, AACFAS, at Arizona Foot Health in Phoenix, Arizona, offer this advanced treatment to help you get relief. Call or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Arthroscopy Q&A

What is ankle arthroscopy?

During ankle arthroscopy, your provider uses a tiny camera and small surgical tools to repair damaged tissues inside or around your ankle. To perform the procedure, the doctor makes a tiny incision through which they insert the arthroscope — a camera about the width of a pencil. 

The camera projects the image of your ankle tissue onto a screen in the operating room so your provider can clean out damaged tissue that’s causing your pain and dysfunction.

What types of ankle concerns can arthroscopy address?

If you have debris in your ankle from torn cartilage or a bone chip, arthroscopy can help. Your provider may also recommend the procedure if you have ligament damage from a severely sprained ankle. They may use the procedure to investigate the degree of damage and how it can best be repaired. 

Ankle arthroscopy can relieve pain and stiffness by:

  • Tightening stretched ligaments
  • Repairing cartilage damage
  • Removing bone spurs

If you have ankle pain, consult with your provider to see if arthroscopy can bring you relief.

What are the benefits of ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is minimally invasive and offers many benefits compared to traditional open surgery like ankle replacement and ankle fusion, including:

  • Reduced pain
  • Smaller scars
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to your favorite activities
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less damage to surrounding tissues

Arthroscopy still requires anesthesia and some downtime following the procedure, but usually far less than what’s required with open surgical procedures.

What should I expect after ankle arthroscopy?

You should expect some pain and swelling following surgery, but this resolves relatively quickly. It’s not uncommon for patients to return to work or school within a few days after the procedure. 

You may be able to put weight on the ankle right after the procedure, but this depends on the extent of your surgery. Your provider performs regular follow-ups to determine when activities such as range-of-motion and ankle exercise can begin. You may also benefit from physical therapy after your procedure to further restore function.

If you have an ankle condition that could benefit from ankle arthroscopy, call Arizona Foot Health or book an appointment online today.