Joint replacement surgery sounds like a serious and scary procedure but for many with severely injured ankles, it can be a lifesaver. Ankle joint replacement involves the use of artificial apparatuses to replace and rebuild the ankle joint so that mobility is improved. For those who can no longer bear weight on their feet from arthritis or a trauma to the ankle, it means there’s hope to walk again without pain.
This surgery involves cutting into the ankle and replacing any damaged bone or cartilage so that the new joint can withstand normal pressure. Another form of joint replacement involves the metatarsophalangeal or big toe joint. During this procedure, the big toe joint is removed and replaced with hardware. The hope is that the process will alleviate pain and partially restore lost mobility. This complex surgery is often a last resort; however, when performed correctly, it can provide a way to remove the restrictions of damaged joints.
Tips for post-surgery recovery:
● Use any support devices that keep your joint isolated during recovery to allow it to heal.
● Take part in physical therapy to help the joint move normally.
● Get shoes that have plenty of support and cushioning.
● Avoid bearing weight on your recovering joint to prevent the newly inserted artificial joints from dislodging during healing.
Here at Cange Podiatry Inc., our podiatrist, Dr. Darlyne Cange, has extensive knowledge regarding joint replacements and their benefits to your overall foot and ankle health. If you are in need of joint replacement surgery, contact us or schedule an appointment online now. Our Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD locations serve the Howard County area. We are confident that we can address your joint issues with tailored treatment to restore your foot and ankle joints!