Do You Need Ankle Replacement Surgery?
Return to Active Lifestyle
If you suffer from painful ankle arthritis, and nonsurgical treatments have been ineffective, ankle replacement surgery -- also known as ankle arthroplasty -- may be your best option for returning to an active lifestyle. It's a newer option than ankle fusion, which limits your ankle’s range of motion. Your foot and ankle surgeon will evaluate the extent and severity of your ankle arthritis, as well as several others factors -- including your age, health, and activity level -- to determine if you are a candidate.
Less Pain, More Range of Motion
During the procedure, your worn-out ankle joint is replaced with a metal and plastic artificial joint that mimics your ankle’s natural movement. This allows you to walk with a more natural gait and protects your surrounding joints from developing arthritis. As a result, you experience less pain and more range of motion.
The recovery period is typically three to six weeks in a cast, followed by physical therapy. While the artificial ankle can wear out and may need to be replaced, research shows 90 percent are still functioning well 10 years after surgery.