Though less common than some other joint replacement procedures, total ankle replacement has the same goal: to increase mobility and alleviate joint pain due to arthritis.
It may be time for you to consider a total ankle replacement if:
When the articular cartilage surrounding your ankle joint (where the tibia meets the talus) is damaged beyond repair, most often due to arthritis that has occurred as a result of the previous injury to the ankle joint, ankle replacement surgery seeks to remove the damaged portion of the ankle joint and replace it with an artificial component to increase range of motion and alleviate ankle pain.
A total ankle replacement (or total ankle arthroplasty) involves 5 main steps:
The bottom line is that ankle replacement surgery is a last resort for dealing with arthritic ankle pain. However, if you have tried conservative treatment options with no success and persistent ankle pain is interfering with your life and limiting your daily activities, it is time to talk with your doctor about an ankle replacement.