Published online Mar 18, 2020. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v11.i3.145
Peer-review started: October 24, 2019
First decision: December 17, 2019
Revised: December 22, 2019
Accepted: March 1, 2020
Article in press: March 1, 2020
Published online: March 18, 2020
Core tip: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition affecting articular joints causing loss of mobility and independence due to pain and swelling in the affected joint. Ninety percent of osteoarthritis cases in the foot and ankle can be classified as post-traumatic and can affect any of the 33 joints in the foot and ankle. Distraction arthroplasty is a viable and effective treatment for Post-traumatic osteoarthritis in the foot and ankle joints, which can prolong the integrity of the joints and prevent a joint sacrificing procedure such as arthrodesis or arthroplasty.