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This occurs when the articular cartilage that is found on the surface of the joint becomes worn away. The ankle joint is between the tibia (shin bone) and the talus but also involves the thin strap bone on the outside of the leg called the fibula.

It can occur because of simple wear and tear (Primary osteoarthritis), but can also be following damage to the joint from trauma.

Simon Sturdee


Simon Sturdee is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery working in Halifax and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. He graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 1996. His basic surgical training was undertaken in Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford working in the specialties of General medicine, Accident and Emergency medicine, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic surgery and Trauma and orthopaedic Surgery.

Ankle Arthroscopy


Arthroscopy is an examination of the joint using an instrument called an arthroscope, so called “Key hole surgery”. This is inserted into the joint through small incisions called portals. The arthroscope is a tube with a light at the end and a lens at the tip.

This allows visualisation of the joint and a diagnosis can be confirmed using this or surgical procedures can be carried out by using instruments introduced into other portals elsewhere in and around the ankle joint.

To find out more about Mr Sturdee and the West Yorkshire Foot and ankle clinic feel free to use our About Us page below

Do you have plantar fasciitis or achilles tendon pain, find out more about shockwave treatment and how it can help you.

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Diabetes & your Feet

Diabetes is has been diagnosed in about 2 – 3% of the UK population but there is estimated to be another 2 % of the population who have diabetes that has not been diagnosed. Go to your GP to find out.

Lesser Toe Deformities

The lesser toes are all the toes other than the big or great toe.
A hard corn forms where the skin is dry typically over one of the knuckles (joints) of the toes that will tend to rub on footwear.

Morton’s Neuroma

One of the causes of pain under the ball of the foot. It is caused by a swelling of one of the nerves before it divides and enters the toes. The nerve involved does not supply any of the muscle that moves the toes or foot.

Bunion (Hallux Valgus)

The medical term for this is hallux valgus. Hallux means big toe and valgus means that the toe deviates to the outside of the foot. The term Bunion really just means a bump. The foot tends to become more flat.



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