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What Is Total Ankle Replacement Surgery?

Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

Total ankle replacement surgery, also known as total ankle arthroplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce ankle pain. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the bottom portion of the shin bone and the top portion of the foot bone, replacing the ankle with plastic or metal pieces. This type of surgery is done in cases of severe pain and loss of motion in the ankle, which may be caused by arthritis. Total ankle replacement surgery is often a last resort, only performed when more conservative treatments have not led to any improvement. It typically takes at least four months to recover from this procedure, and follow-up care is very important to ensure optimal results. If you are experiencing severe ankle pain, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

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. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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