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Ankle Joint Replacement Surgery

Total ankle replacement is a surgical procedure that can be performed by podiatrists to address ankle arthritis, whether it stems from aging or injury. This intervention involves replacing the damaged ankle joint with a synthetic implant made of metal and plastic, with the goal of relieving pain and restoring mobility. Unlike ankle fusion surgery, total ankle joint replacement aims to preserve joint motion. Candidates for this procedure typically include patients who have tried and failed non-surgical treatments and continue to experience persistent ankle pain and functional limitations. However, certain factors, such as severe deformity or compromised bone integrity, may influence treatment decisions. Recovery from total ankle replacement involves a period of non-weight bearing, followed by gradual rehabilitation. The ankle replacement procedure carries risks like infection and implant failure, that a podiatrist can help manage. If you are suffering from ankle arthritis and exploring treatment options, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to discuss whether total ankle replacement may be the right choice for you.

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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