Take the Next Step with Total Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement is an increasingly common procedure that restores mobility, provides relief from pain caused by ankle arthritis, and is a viable alternative to ankle fusion. As innovations in prosthetic design and surgical methods continue to evolve, total ankle replacement has become an increasingly effective and reliable option for those seeking long-term relief from chronic ankle conditions.

Understanding Ankle Arthritis

Arthritis can occur at any joint in the body, especially joints that have been injured or damaged. Ankle injuries are common and can often result in arthritis. If non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, ankle braces and corticosteroid injections have not relieved pain, it may be time to consult with a board certified foot and ankle specialist. CSMO’s fellowship trained orthopedic specialists can advise you about whether you may be a candidate for total ankle replacement.

Advanced Treatment for Ankle Pain

Total ankle replacements have been available for many years, but recent advancements in techniques and technology have made it a preferred option for more patients. During the procedure, the ankle joint is removed and replaced with an artificial implant made of metal and plastic that restores the joint’s function. TAR is like hip and knee replacement in that the joint and cartilage within the joint eventually wear out. The difference with the ankle is that it’s usually the result of an injury. When someone sprains their ankle several times or experiences an ankle fracture, it can increase the wearing away of the cartilage even after the injury is fully healed. This can lead to painful bone-on-bone arthritis.

CSMO offers total ankle replacement in our state-of-the-art outpatient orthopedic surgery center. Patients who are appropriate for this setting can go home on the same day as their surgery. When other health concerns make a hospital stay necessary, some may spend one night and go home the next day.

Enhanced Recovery

During the first few weeks after surgery, the patient’s foot should remain elevated as much as possible to minimize swelling. While every patient’s recovery experience is different, you may begin to put partial weight on your ankle approximately four weeks after surgery, with full weight-bearing beginning at six to eight weeks. Physical therapy is necessary to strengthen the ankle and improve your range of motion. Full recovery takes anywhere from six months to a year, after which you can return to light recreational activity. During this time, patients are advised to avoid high-impact activities and weight-bearing sports that can put strain on the ankle implant.

Get Back to Movement

Thanks to advancements in orthopedics, total ankle replacements have become more accurate and durable than ever. Most ankle replacements last between 10 to 15 years, after which a revision procedure may be necessary. Through this procedure, you can find relief from pain caused by ankle arthritis, preserve motion in the joint, and improve function during your normal activities.

To learn more about total ankle replacement, call today or click here for online scheduling options. Don’t let ankle pain keep you off your feet.