Total Ankle Replacement
The ankle supports our entire body when we walk, run or stand, yet it is unique in that it has the highest amount of force placed upon it with the smallest surface area of all the major weight bearing joints in the body. It is estimated that just walking puts a force on the ankle that is two and a half times a person’s body weight, and goes up substantially with impact activities like running or exercising. Because of this, the ankle is prone to injury and arthritic changes.
Pain from an injured or diseased ankle can be especially severe and debilitating. In the past, patients with chronic ankle pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or trauma had limited treatment options. Over the past decade, however, total ankle replacements have become more popular as improved implants and techniques have evolved.
Just like total knee and total hip replacements, total ankle replacement at Scottsdale Healthcare is performed to provide a less restricted option to ankle arthritis sufferers. The procedure involves replacing the damaged parts of the three bones that make up the ankle joint with specialized metal and plastic implants. This can provide relief from the pain while maintaining joint motion, allowing for more normal walking while preventing strain and stress to other nearby joints. Studies have shown that in the U.S. 90 percent of ankle replacements are still functioning well after 10 years. Advances in the implant materials, implant design, surgical instrumentation and surgical techniques continue to evolve and positively impact the long term success. Several patient factors including activity level, overall health and amount of damage to the ankle joint before surgery also impact the long term success of any joint replacement.
Scottsdale Healthcare has several board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons with specialized training in total ankle replacements.
See also: Ankle Replacement Surgery
For more information on our total joint replacement procedures and surgeons, please call 480-882-5625.