The Ankle Joint

 The upper ankle joint (UAJ) consists of three bones: the fibula, the tibia and the talus. It is stabilised by the capsule-ligament apparatus.

About Ankle Treatment at OCM

Due to the high loads, ligament injuries and fractures in this area occur relatively often. Depending on the type of injury, they can be treated conservatively or by means of surgery. Another quite common injury is a tear of the Achilles tendon. In this case, depending on the type of the injury, conservative or surgical treatment is possible. 

OCM is one of only a few centres in Germany that use artificial ankles. Most patients are satisfied with the results two years after implantation of an artificial joint and, as available scientific results show, even happy with the surgery and results five to ten years after the initial surgery.

The cartilage in the ankle joint may be subject to wear following injuries, in the case of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, and due to other causes. This leads to so-called osteoarthritis. However, this is less common than knee joint osteoarthritis or hip joint osteoarthritis. In cases of early osteoarthritis in the ankle joint, conservative treatments, such as physical and physiotherapeutic exercises, as well as infiltrations of the joint can be applied. Through an arthroscopy of the joint, the cartilage may be dissected and small bony protrusions removed. The ankle joint can be stiffened or an endoprosthesis implanted in the case of painful advanced ankle joint osteoarthritis. We have excellent experiences in both treatment methods. The decision on which of the two treatment options is to be used depends on various factors and needs to be considered in each individual case.