Total Ankle Replacement Can Displace Discomfort
The ankle is made up of many different types of bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. The bones of the ankle are covered with cartilage, which softens resistance between them. Arthritis can occur when cartilage wears down. The pain and inflammation from arthritis makes the treatment, Ankle Replacement Surgery, optimal as it acts to remove ailing parts of the bone and cartilage and replaces them with metal and other plastic apparatuses. Ankle replacement allows for sustained mobility and reduced ankle pain. This procedure therefore attacks ankle arthritis or other ankle joint issues to allow for continued daily routines without the severe pain.
This procedure involves:
- Anesthesia will be administered.
- The surgeon will cut either the front or side of the ankle and thereafter remove diseased portions of the bones and cartilage as mentioned above, and replace them with implants. These devices will copy the ankle’s generic movement when walking and will fight against the future reoccurrence of ankle arthritis.
- The implant will be correctly set and aligned.
- The wound from the incision will be closed and a cast may be applied for healing purposes.
- Recovery time can take up to six weeks in a cast.
- Physical therapy will be required to strengthen ankle components.
- The synthetic ankle may wear out over time; however, most patients’ implants last for at least a decade.
This procedure can significantly reduce ankle pain and actually return range of motion to near original capabilities. As stated above, the recovery period after total ankle replacement does not have to be for an exceedingly long period of time. However, if this procedure is not performed timely, arthritis can take its toll and cause lasting complications, some of which may complicate recovery. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, can treat your ankle issues with care and provide replacement surgery to return motion back to your feet! Contact us today if you have severe ankle pain and make an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586!