Ankle arthoscopy is a minimally insavie surgical procedure that is used to treat problems like Anterior ankle impingement (also referred to as athlete’s ankle or footballer’s ankle): Ankle impingement occurs when bone or soft tissue at the front of the ankle joint becomes inflamed. Symptoms include ankle pain and swelling. This can limit the ability to bend the ankle up. Walking uphill is often painful. Osteophytes (bone spurs) can be seen on X-ray. Arthroscopy can be used to shave away inflamed tissues and bone spurs.
Arthrofibrosis: Scar tissue can form within the ankle. This can lead to a painful and stiff joint, known as arthrofibrosis. Ankle arthroscopy can be used to identify the scar tissue and remove it.
Infection: Infection in the joint space cannot be treated with antibiotics alone. It often requires an urgent surgery to wash out the joint. This can be done with arthroscopy.
The procedure is relatively simple with the surgery being a rather simple procedure where a thin fiber optic camera or arthosocpe that can transmit images of the ankle.
This surgery is most commonly recommended and done by athletes though it is developing as a life style illness as well.
The recovery time for this surgery is about 6 weeks before you can drive , so your ankle may not be to its best self , thought this time phrase may differ on a case to case basis