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Ankle Joint Replacement Surgery for Arthritis Relief

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Joint replacement for ankle arthritis is a surgical option for those suffering from severe arthritis in their ankle. The point of the replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore the function of the ankle. Arthritis is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. During ankle joint replacement surgery, also known as ankle arthroplasty, the damaged parts of the ankle bones are removed and replaced with artificial components. These components mimic the natural movement of the ankle, offering patients the chance to regain mobility. This procedure is considered when less invasive treatments have failed to provide relief. It is also considered mostly for older, less active patients. Joint replacement can significantly reduce pain and improve the ankle's function, making it a valuable treatment option for those with advanced ankle arthritis. If you are suffering from arthritis in the ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether ankle replacement surgery is right for you. 

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 Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. 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 one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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