Maybe you sprained your ankle as a youngster. Ever since then, it hasn’t been the same. It used to hurt when you’d run a short distance. Now the pain is constant.

Often, some type of arthritis (such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis) is the cause of ankle pain. Many ankle problems can be solved with pain medication, cortisone injections or ankle braces. But if you’ve tried all those options and can’t shake the pain, it may be time to consider total ankle replacement surgery.

You will need help to decide if surgery is right for you. The board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and care team at Grand View Health can provide that guidance. Our team’s focus will always be personal. We’ll talk with you person-to-person, discuss your condition and your options, help you make an informed decision, and stay by your side at every step of your journey. Our surgeons are skilled in using the STAR™ Ankle System, named for the well-known Scandinavian surgeon who designed the device.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about ankle surgery to help guide you: