Ankle replacement is a surgery that involves replacing a deteriorated ankle joint with a prosthetic implant. Ankle replacement is typically done for patients who have end-stage ankle arthritis, as this condition often results in chronic pain, swelling, and inflammation. Ankle replacement surgery is indicated for older, less active people, as the prosthetic joint tends to wear out over time and with heavy usage, reducing the patient’s mobility and quality of life. During the surgery, the arthritic surfaces of the bottom of the tibia (shin) bone and the top of the talus bone in the foot are removed and replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. Recovery can take several months, and the patient may need physical therapy. To learn more about ankle replacement surgery, consult with a podiatrist.
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. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. 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 Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.