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Q: What is a joint fusion?

A: A joint fusion is a procedure designed to address pain and instability in a joint. Some joints are unstable due to excessive flexibility of the connective tissues connecting the bones. In other cases, arthritic may develop within a joint, rendering it stiff and painful. Joint fusion procedures can be used to stabilize joints that are excessively mobile, thus improving a patient’s ability to bear weight on the foot. In some cases, a joint fusion can eliminate painful movement at an arthritic joint.X-rays and examination of the foot are used to determine the nature of the joint problem and plan appropriate treatment.

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