I've been a member on this site for quite a few years and can't remember a lot of discussion about ankles. I've had RA since 2004 and now also has osteoarthritis. For quite a while I've had pain in my ankles, but Now my left ankle is really painful. I was referred to a podiatrist by a registrar in the rheumatology department who said I had flat feet. The podiatrist disagreed so sent me for a cat scan, then an mri. The result is that my left ankle is 'riddled' with arthritis (her words). I now need an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon. The podiatrist said there was damage in my ankle and the sub-Taylor joint, as well as my Achilles' tendon. After all this, my question is has anyone had plates attached to their ankle joints?