Arthritis can quickly affect your quality of life and cause problems performing simple, everyday tasks. Depending on its location, arthritis can even cause issues walking and standing. Treating severe ankle arthritis often requires a total ankle replacement. However, understanding your options and when a total ankle replacement becomes necessary can help you take action to overcome your condition and get back on your feet. Find out more about total ankle replacement and what it could mean for you with Podiatry Associates of Houston with four Houston locations in the Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, TX, areas.
When is a total ankle replacement necessary?
Your doctor will suggest a total replacement if the pain from your arthritis begins affecting your daily life and the tasks you perform throughout the day. When the pain is no longer managed by over-the-counter medications or a brace, your doctor may suggest surgery. As with any operation, there are certain risks to undergoing total ankle replacement, but the procedure is generally considered safe and effective after about 25 years of use.
What can I expect from a total ankle replacement?
The surgery itself takes about two and a half hours, during which you will be completely asleep with the help of general anesthesia. Your doctor will make several small incisions on the front and side of the ankle, then replace the ankle’s joint. After your procedure, you will stay in the hospital for up to three days to recover. You may leave once you can safely walk with crutches or a walker. You will receive medications to manage your pain and undergo physical therapy to ensure that your ankle replacement works properly and strengthen the muscles around it.
Total ankle replacement in Houston, TX
If you think you could benefit from a total ankle replacement, you should consult with your podiatrist to ensure that this is the best form of treatment for you. For more information on arthritis or total ankle replacements, please contact your podiatrist at Podiatry Associates of Houston with four Houston locations in the Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, TX, areas. Call 713-666-0287 to schedule your appointment at the Chimney Rock location, 713-467-1299 to schedule your appointment at the Memorial City location, 281-579-0186 to schedule your appointment at the Katy location, or 832-912-7792 to schedule your appointment at the Willowbrook location today!