How Ankle Replacement Works

An ankle replacement from your podiatrists in Woodlands, and Houston, TX, can get you on your feet again.

If your ankles are weak and unstable, it can be a scary experience. You might be unable to move if your ankles don’t form a firm foundation underneath you to carry your weight. Ankle instability can be caused by a number of issues, but the good news is, your podiatrist is an expert at ankle replacement surgery.

Your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston offer a wide range of services to care for your feet and ankles, including ankle replacement surgery. We have several convenient locations in Woodlands, and Houston, TX, so don't hesitate to contact us.

How Does Ankle Replacement Surgery Work?

You may need an ankle replacement if:

  • You have fractured your ankle from an accident or injury
  • Your ankle is infected from an injury or medical condition
  • Your ankle has degenerated from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Before your ankle surgery, you will be given a sedative. If you have chosen general anesthesia, you will be asleep throughout the procedure. If you have chosen spinal anesthesia, you may be awake, but you won’t feel anything below your waist.

Ankle replacement surgery works by replacing the damaged cartilage and bone in the ankle joint with a prosthetic ankle joint. Then, you will need to wear a splint or cast and should elevate your ankle to decrease swelling. You will need to avoid placing weight on your ankle for a short time and use crutches to help you walk.

You will also see a physical therapist who will provide an exercise plan which will help you gain more ankle strength and flexibility. After ankle replacement surgery, you can expect increased range-of-motion, flexibility, stability, and better mobility.

To find out more about how ankle replacement surgery works and what it can do for you, call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston. You can reach us at one of our convenient locations in the Woodlands, and Houston, TX, by dialing the following numbers:

Chimney Rock: 713.666.0287
Memorial City: 713.467.1299
Katy: 281.579.0186
Willowbrook: 832.912.7792
Woodlands: 281.849.9891

Call now, and get back on your feet!

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