Total Ankle Replacement Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

If you have a severe acute injury, damage from an old injury, or major arthritis, you might need a total ankle replacement. With the team of leading podiatric surgeons at Hoosier Foot & Ankle, you can feel confident that you’re going to get the care you need for your ankle surgery. Before you live another day in discomfort, book an ankle evaluation at any of the practice’s five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.

Total Ankle Replacement Q & A

Why do I need a total ankle replacement?

If your podiatrist recommends a total ankle replacement, it’s likely that you’ve exhausted all types of conservative therapies with little to no relief. You might be a candidate for a total ankle replacement if you have:

  • Damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of your bones
  • Severe ankle instability from injury or arthritis
  • Chronic pain, inflammation, and scar tissue from arthritis
  • Misaligned ankle bones or weak ankle ligaments

Most men and women who have a total ankle replacement experience a drastic improvement in their range of motion and pain level shortly after recovering from surgery.

How is a total ankle replacement performed?

The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle spends time helping you plan for a total ankle replacement, so you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. Surgery, which is generally performed arthroscopically, involves removing the ends of your damaged ankle bones.

Your podiatrist carefully fits plastic and metal attachments to the ends of your ankle bones, which serve as your new joint. This new artificial joint retains natural ankle movement and range of motion.

What is the recovery after a total ankle replacement?

As with most orthopedic surgeries, it’s important to plan for some downtime after a total ankle replacement. You’re going to need crutches, a cane, or a walker to get around, so you don’t put too much weight on your new ankle joint. While you might feel like you need to rest the joint as much as possible, your podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle is actually going to give you a list of exercises to perform throughout the day.

It’s important to move your ankle regularly after surgery to help improve blood flow, minimize inflammation, and keep muscles strong. Typically within a couple weeks, you can start physical therapy to begin strengthening soft tissues and improving your ankle joint motions. Most men and women who go through a total ankle replacement are back to most of their regular activities within 2-3 months — sometimes even sooner.

Find out if total ankle replacement surgery is right for you by scheduling an evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Request an appointment online, or call your closest office.

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