About Ankle Replacement
As you age, your ankles may develop osteoarthritis from wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis, or arthritis resulting from a prior injury, such as a fracture or frequent sprains. Your ankle supports a force of about five times that of your body weight when you walk. Normally, the cartilage in the ankle joint cushions the bones so that walking is painless, something we often take for granted. However, when this cartilage is destroyed or seriously damaged due to osteoarthritis or injury, the pain can be debilitating.
Ankle replacement surgery is an alternative to fusion. An ankle replacement is often more suitable for people under 50 who want to participate in high-impact physical activities.
Ankle replacement, also known as total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) or ankle joint replacement surgery, is a medical procedure performed to treat severe arthritis or other conditions that have caused significant damage to the ankle joint. This surgery involves removing the damaged portions of the ankle joint and replacing them with artificial components.
It's important to note that ankle replacement is not suitable for all patients, and the decision to undergo this procedure should be made after a thorough discussion between the patient and their healthcare provider. Alternative treatments, such as ankle fusion (arthrodesis), may also be considered in certain cases.
Patients considering ankle replacement should consult with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle disorders to determine the most appropriate treatment option based on their specific condition and needs.
Our Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists
The Foot & Ankle Center is designed to provide our foot and ankle patients with comprehensive education and exceptional nonsurgical and surgical care through the combined knowledge, experience, and expertise of our specialty-trained foot and ankle surgeons.