Ankle Arthritis

Cary B Chapman, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York

Cary B Chapman, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Staten Island, NY

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Staten Island, New York, works in conjunction with the New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital in New York City to provide comprehensive care for ankle arthritis. Experienced orthopaedic surgeon Cary Chapman, MD, and his team use the latest cutting-edge technologies to design a treatment plan that provides you with long-lasting relief of pain and restores your mobility. Schedule a consultation for ankle arthritis at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Ankle Arthritis

What is ankle arthritis?

Ankle arthritis describes the loss of protective cartilage that lines the joint. This loss of cartilage happens gradually and allows the bones of your ankle joint to rub together, creating friction and pain.

One of the most common causes of ankle arthritis is an injury to the ankle that triggers the gradual loss of cartilage. You can also develop arthritis due to the natural aging process or if you have underlying health issues like diabetes.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another condition that can attack the ankle joint. It results from an autoimmune disorder. The disorder causes your immune system to mistakenly attack the healthy joint lining, breaking it down prematurely, and causing chronic inflammation and pain.

How is ankle arthritis treated?

To provide you with the best outcome, the medical team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York offers comprehensive treatments to relieve the pain of mild to severe arthritis. They tailor a care plan based on your unique needs and how severe your pain is.

For mild arthritis in its early stages, your provider will usually recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep you comfortable and active. They might also suggest ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight to keep pressure off your joints.

If oral medications aren’t enough, your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York doctor can recommend injections of steroids and anesthetics into the ankle joint.

To increase your mobility, your provider can use orthotic shoe inserts and braces to stabilize your ankle joint and relieve your pain during activity.

Will I need surgery for ankle arthritis?

If you have severe arthritis that interferes with your quality of life and isn’t effectively treated with conservative therapies, you could be a candidate for ankle surgery.

The team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York offers several orthopaedic surgery techniques to increase the function of your ankle joint.

Surgical options include:

  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle joint resurfacing
  • Ankle replacement


Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York also offers custom-fitted, 3D-printed metal implants from Additive Orthopedics® that stabilize the joint after ankle preservation and restoration surgeries.

If you’re young but suffer chronic pain from advanced ankle arthritis, you could be a candidate for ankle distraction.

This procedure is a surgical alternative for those not ready for a fusion or total ankle replacement and involves pulling apart (distracting) joint surfaces to allow natural healing. Your surgeon places pins in the leg and foot to stabilize the joint and may opt to perform arthroscopy to remove bone spurs or other obstructions in the ankle joint.

If you have chronic pain or inflammation from ankle arthritis, schedule a consultation at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York to learn more about available treatments. You can book an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you.