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Are you struggling with chronic ankle pain and limited mobility that's negatively impacting your quality of life? If so, you may have considered the possibility of a total ankle replacement. This surgical procedure has come a long way in recent years, offering renewed hope to those suffering from debilitating ankle conditions. But the question remains: "Am I a good candidate for a total ankle replacement?”. The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center’s surgeons have performed the most total ankle replacements in the Northern Virginia area and in this blog, we explore possible factors that determine whether this procedure is the right choice for you.
Diagnosing the Severity of Your Ankle Condition:
The first step in determining your candidacy for a total ankle replacement is to assess the severity of your ankle condition. Conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis can lead to debilitating pain and limited mobility. Late-stage ankle arthritis is the most common reason for total ankle replacement surgery. If conservative treatments like physical therapy, medications, and orthotics have failed to provide relief, it may be time to consider surgery.
Age and Activity Level:
Your age and activity level are important factors in determining whether a total ankle replacement is suitable for you. While the procedure can benefit individuals of various ages, it is typically recommended for those who are over 50 years old and are less active and/or have less demanding physical requirements.
Your overall health plays a significant role in your candidacy for a total ankle replacement. You will need to undergo a thorough medical evaluation to ensure that you are fit for surgery. Chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may need to be managed before proceeding with the procedure.
Consultation with an Orthopedic Specialist:
The most critical step in determining your candidacy for a total ankle replacement is to consult with an orthopedic specialist. At The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center we will evaluate your specific condition, medical history, and individual needs.Together, we can weigh the potential benefits and risks of the procedure and decide whether it's the right choice for you.
Total ankle replacement can be a life-changing procedure for individuals suffering from chronic ankle pain and limited mobility. If you are struggling with ankle pain, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance from a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon to explore your treatment options, which may include the possibility of a total ankle replacement at The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.