The Center for Ankle Arthritis at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital is committed to providing a full range of treatment options for people with ankle arthritis. Patients can often find pain relief and an improvement in their symptoms with nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, bracing, orthotics, or injections.
When orthopedic surgery is needed, our orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons offer cutting-edge reconstructive procedures. If you have mild or moderate arthritis, minimally invasive arthroscopic debridement to remove damaged tissue and cartilage in your ankle may be an option.
We were the first hospital in the greater New York area to offer the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement system, or STAR™. This prosthesis may be an option for some people with advanced arthritis to provide both pain relief and preserve motion. Its benefits include quicker recovery time and better long-term success rates than earlier ankle replacement procedures.
For those who are not a candidate for ankle replacement, you may consider ankle fusion—in which a surgeon fastens the ends of damaged bones together, so they heal and fuse—as a good option to provide pain relief and increased function.