Recommendation ID

Further research into joint distraction for ankle osteoarthritis should include comparative studies against the natural history of the disease and against other forms of management. Studies should record patient selection, pain relief, functional outcomes, complications, and quality of life in the long term. They should also report the nature and timing of any further surgery on the ankle.
Minimising loss to follow-up is of particular importance. NICE may update the guidance on publication of further evidence.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of joint distraction for ankle osteoarthritis is inadequate in quantity and quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used in the context of research.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Joint distraction for ankle osteoarthritis
Date issued
December 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/12/2015