Arthrodesis of the ankle - Definition

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Arthrodesis of the ankle is a surgical operation which consists of fusing the tibia and the fibula, the 2 leg bones, to the foot bones, notably the talus. The ankle is going to lose its mobility, but this will help stop the pain. Arthrodesis of the ankle is most often done in the case of pronounced osteoarthritis or a degenerative disease, like poliomyelitis. The fusion of the joint with screws or staples doesn't prevent the individual from walking.