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By Podiatry Associates of Houston
October 10, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Has your life become less active due to chronic ankle pain? A total ankle replacement may ease your pain. Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. ankle replacementMichael Mineo, Dr. Jorge Matuk, Dr. Maria Buitrago and Dr. Douglas Hansen--your Houston, TX podiatrists--explain when an ankle replacement is a good treatment option.

When is ankle replacement surgery needed?

Ankle replacement surgery is typically performed if you suffer from ankle arthritis. Arthritis can develop gradually over the years due to normal wear and tear on your joints or may occur years after you experienced an ankle injury. The problem occurs when the cartilage at the ends of the bones in your ankle joint wears away. Cartilage helps your bones move together smoothly and painlessly. When it disappears, every step you take can be painful. Surgery is usually needed when other treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, no longer help.

What is an ankle replacement?

During surgery, the cartilage at the end of the tibia and talus bones are replaced with metal on polyethylene bearings. In the past, the only option for people who have arthritis was to fuse the ankle bones together. While this procedure did help, it reduced the range of motion in the joint. Ankle replacement surgery offers an innovative way to reduce pain, improve the function of the joint and provide more motion than fusion surgery.

Am I a good candidate for ankle replacement surgery in Houston?

Your doctor will determine if ankle replacement surgery is a good choice for you after evaluating your ankle and reviewing test results. The surgery may be recommended if:

  • You are in good health.
  • Your ankle isn't misaligned or deformed or is only slightly deformed.
  • Your talus bone is healthy.
  • You have good blood flow to your leg.
  • You don't have neuropathy or an infection in your ankle.
  • You are not overweight.

Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for ankle replacement surgery? Call Dr. Blumfield, Dr. Mineo, Dr. Matuk, Dr. Buitrago and Dr. Hansen--your Houston, TX podiatrists--today!

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
August 11, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Replacement  

How your podiatrists in Houston can help your ankle

Your ankles are an important part of your body. When your ankle isn’t functioning properly, your ability to walk is impaired, and your quality of life can suffer dramatically. If you have ankle pain or injury due to a medical condition or accident, there is no need to suffer. Ankle ReplacementYour podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston want to share with you some of the benefits of ankle replacement surgery.

There are many reasons why you may need an ankle replacement. Your Houston  podiatrists want you to consider ankle replacement if you are suffering from:

  • Severe ankle fracture from an injury or trauma
  • Severe ankle infection from an injury or medical condition
  • Bone deformation and degeneration from osteoarthritis
  • Bone deformation and loss of movement from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Poor healing or arthritis from past ankle surgery

During your ankle replacement surgery, your podiatrists will remove damaged bone and cartilage in your ankle joint and replace it with a prosthetic ankle joint. The goals of surgery are to reduce pain and to provide better range-of-motion and increased stability when you move.

Ankle replacement surgery is completed under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything. Another option is to have spinal anesthesia, where you won’t feel anything below your waist. Your Houston podiatrists will provide a sedative to help you relax.

After the diseased tissue is removed and your prosthetic joint is in place, you may need to spend a night in the hospital. Your ankle will be placed in cast or a splint, and you should keep your ankle elevated to reduce swelling.

As you heal, you will visit a physical therapist to guide you with exercises to help you gain strength and flexibility in your ankle. You may not be able to place weight on the ankle for a few months, and may need crutches to help you get around.

There are many benefits to having ankle replacement surgery, but it’s a decision you shouldn’t make alone. To help you decide on whether ankle replacement surgery is right for you and your ankle, call your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston with offices in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, Texas. Call today and get back on your feet!