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Ankle Replacement

During your healing process:

  • Maintain a positive attitude.

  • Establish relaxation and distraction techniques to calm anxiety. 

  • Participate in daily exercises if able to do so. 

  • Establish a routine to avoid frustration as normal activities may take more time. 

  • Move surrounding joints multiple times daily to avoid stiffness and discomfort.

  • Elevate the injured extremity to decrease swelling and discomfort.

  • If you have an external fixator, keep the pin sites clean to decrease irritation.

The Selection Process for Ankle Arthroplasty:

Ankle arthritis

Inadequate relief with conservative therapy such as bracing

Limitations in normal activities due to ankle pain

Uncontrolled diabetes

 Peripheral neuropathy

Vascular disease compromising the ability to heal wounds

Uncorrectable malalignment of the ankle or foot

High impact activities such as running or jumping

Surgical Intervention

Ankle replacement is performed in an operative suite with an anesthesia team and an orthopedic surgery team. Many patients prefer to have a nerve block placed in the leg to help with postoperative pain control. Sometimes additional procedures are performed simultaneously with total ankle replacement, such as removing previously placed hardware, lengthening a tight Achilles' tendon, or balancing the foot. Depending upon your age, medical conditions, how far you have traveled, and other factors, you will likely stay in the hospital one or two nights.