What is a Triple Joint Complex?

These three joints make up the majority of the hindfoot. They have been mentioned in other parts of this section and can be affected individually or in combination.

What are the symptoms?

Arthritis symptoms are described elsewhere in this section and they are no different in these joints. As one of the joints becomes degenerate, it is common to see the other joints follow suit as more stress is placed upon them as the other stiffens due to the pathology.

How is it diagnosed?

Clinical examination and history form the basis of making an accurate diagnosis. Imaging modalities including X-ray, MRI and CT will also be used to confirm the clinical suspicion.

What are my options for treatment?

Physiotherapy, orthotics and lifestyle adaptations can all improve the symptoms that the patient complains of. When intervention is required, injections are a safe and sensible first-line intervention. If this fails to improve symptoms or if the deformity is the main problem, then isolated or multiple fusions may be required.

A triple fusion, where all three of these joints are fused, is a very powerful procedure to correct the foot deformity. It can also significantly improve pain ad function.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain across their lower limbs or difficulty with mobility and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of knee-related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of foot & ankle -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


If you would like to learn about other foot & ankle conditions click the button below to find out more


If you would like to learn about other foot & ankle treatments click the button below to find out more

our specialist FOOT & ANKLE consultants

Foot & ankle care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is lead by Mr Tim Sinnett. A graduate of Cambridge and Imperial College medical schools and leading academic and trauma consultant for Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust. He is further supported by the orthopaedic team here including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of foot and ankle concerns utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist in Foot and Ankle Surgery

MBBS (AICSM), MA (Cantab), FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Tim is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, King Edward VIIs Hospital, and the Lister Hospital, Chelsea. His high volume Adult Foot and Ankle practice is made up of all aspects of ankle, hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot pathology. He is an avid believer in patient empowerment and autonomy, especially when decisions regarding surgery are required. Ensuring a high-quality patient journey from the first assessment to full rehabilitation is at the heart of his practice.

What some of our patients say

Miss NN

Thank you and please accept my gratitude for a successful knee surgery and overall a very positive experience. This gold medal is for you!