An ankle replacement can restore your ankle to its full function if you have severe arthritic damage. If you have chronic ankle pain and stiffness, schedule an evaluation with expert podiatrist Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. With on-site digital imaging available at this podiatry practice, Dr. Gonzalez can get to the root of your ankle problems quickly and determine if an ankle replacement is right for you. Schedule your ankle replacement exam online or over the phone today.
An ankle replacement involves restoring your ankle joint to its pre-arthritis function, so you can live a fuller life without so many limitations. You may benefit from an ankle replacement, either partial or total, if you have:
Generally, a partial or total ankle replacement is only recommended after trying several months of nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy or corticosteroid injections.
At Ankle and Foot Center of Florida, you can meet with Dr. Gonzalez, who has an extensive background in trauma and surgical care. Dr. Gonzalez provides both partial and total ankle replacements, depending on the extent of your arthritic deterioration. Below are short descriptions of each type of ankle replacement.
A partial ankle replacement involves preserving as much of your natural joint tissue as possible. Dr. Gonzalez resurfaces your lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) or talus bone between your lower leg bones and heel bone. He implants artificial medical-grade plastic or metal components where necessary to restore your ankle mobility.
A total ankle replacement involves replacing all of the bone surfaces that make up your ankle joint — tibia, fibula, and talus. Dr. Gonzalez removes damaged cartilage and bone and fuses artificial components to your bones. After replacing all of the bone structures in your ankle joint, Dr. Gonzalez ensures bones are properly realigned for optimal ankle functions.
Recovering from an ankle replacement takes time, but with each passing week, you should feel relief as pain and stiffness subside. Depending on your specific ankle replacement procedure from Ankle and Foot Center of Florida, you may be able to begin weight-bearing and walking within about three to six weeks.
Dr. Gonzalez gets you started on physical therapy as soon as your surgical wounds heal, usually about two weeks after surgery. Depending on how quickly you heal, you may need physical therapy sessions two to three times per week for several months.
You can generally get back to all of your regular activities with no limitations, including exercise, within about four to six months.
Find out if an ankle replacement is right for you by booking an exam at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida today. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member directly.