What problems can be treated with ankle arthroscopy?
There are a number of different problems which are effectively treated with ankle arthroscopy. These reasons, or indications, are meant to serve as a guideline of the most common indications for ankle arthroscopy. Osteochondral defects or lesions, which are focal areas of articular cartilage damage on either side of the ankle joint (the tibia or more commonly the talus) may be treated with ankle arthroscopy. Anterior impingement, resulting from either excess bone or soft tissue along the front of the ankle joint, is most commonly seen in athletes. Loose bodies, which are loose pieces of bone or cartilage, may be removed. Septic arthritis, or infection of the ankle joint, also may be treated effectively, along with antibiotics afterwards.