An artificial implant is used to replace a broken ankle joint during ankle replacement surgery. Your shinbone (tibia) rests on top of a bone in your foot called the talus at the ankle joint (tibiotalar joint).
This, as well as other joints in the foot, can be affected by arthritis. The smooth cartilage on the surface of the bones deteriorates over time. Your joint may experience pain, inflammation, and edema as a result of this. Ankle replacement surgery is a technique that involves replacing a damaged joint to relieve pain and discomfort. The surgery is usually performed under spinal anesthesia. To access the afflicted joint, your surgeon will create an incision in your ankle. The damaged pieces will then be removed by your surgeon.
If you have significant arthritis in your ankle, ankle replacement surgery may be a good option for you. This can result in considerable discomfort, inflammation, and stiffness, which can make walking difficult. The following are the most common kinds of ankle arthritis:
If you have mild to moderate arthritis, your doctor may suggest various therapies such as pain relievers, customized shoe and foot inserts, physical therapy, or corticosteroid injections. If your symptoms persist and are interfering with your everyday activities, your doctor may suggest ankle replacement or another surgical surgery.