One common ankle problem involves localized cartilage damage, which can compromise the long-term integrity of the joint. More widespread osteoarthritis is common with aging, while rheumatoid arthritis involves joint inflammation, and can begin at an early age. Post-injury arthritis, on the other hand, is characterized by localized joint damage. This often occurs from sprains and twisted ankles encountered during sports and other daily activities. This cartilage damage is typically centered around the ankle joint’s lower bone, the talus.
A significant percentage of people sustain ankle injuries that involve damage to the cartilage. Early identification with the aid of xray and MRI scanning is of vital importance. Dr. Ronald Sollitto has treated many patients with this condition. It can eventually lead to more serious widespread ankle arthritis, and should be treated as soon as possible.
A well-established Saddle Brook surgeon of the foot and ankle, Ronald Sollitto, DPM, MD, MPH, maintains one of New Jersey’s premier ambulatory surgery centers. Dr. Sollitto has performed numerous ankle surgeries as a means of addressing certain types of pain associated with this important joint.