An ankle replacement can restore function & decrease pain that result from arthritis. If you have chronic ankle pain and stiffness, schedule an evaluation with expert podiatrists Aldo Gonzalez, D.P.M. and Xavier Sanchez, D.P.M. at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida. With on-site digital imaging available, you can get to the root of your ankle problems quickly and determine if an ankle replacement is right for you. Schedule your evaluation online or over the phone today.
Ankle Replacement Q & A
Why do I need a total ankle replacement?
An ankle replacement involves removing a painful arthritic joint & replacing it with a prosthetic. You may benefit from an ankle replacement if you have:
■ Ankle Instability
■ Difficulty walking or exercising
■ Chronic pain
Generally, total ankle replacement is only recommended after several months of nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, activity adjustment, PRP, &/or stem cell therapy.
Are there alternatives to ankle replacement?
There are several non-surgical & surgical alternatives to total ankle replacement.
○ Joint salvage
■ Cartilage restoration
■ Fusion or arthrodesis
How long is the recovery after an ankle replacement?
Recovering from an ankle replacement takes several months, but with each passing week, increased activity is added on. Depending on your specific ankle replacement procedure, from Ankle and Foot Center of Florida, you may be able to begin limited weight-bearing after several weeks.
Physical therapy begins as soon as your surgical wounds heal, usually about three weeks after surgery. Physical therapy sessions are likely two to three times per week for several months.
Find out if an ankle replacement is right for you by booking an exam at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida today. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member directly.