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August 21, 2018
Category: Podiatry

Arthritis can quickly affect your quality of life and cause problems performing simple, everyday tasks. Depending on its location, arthritistotal ankle recovery 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!

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!