Total Ankle Replacement
If ankle pain from a chronic condition, like arthritis, makes it difficult to walk, it may be time to consider an ankle replacement.
The total ankle replacement program at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, includes the nation’s top-trained foot and ankle surgeons at a convenient location just outside of Washington, DC. To find out if total ankle replacement is right for you, call or request an appointment online today.
Total Ankle Replacement Q & A
What is a total ankle replacement? Back to top
A total ankle replacement (arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure that involves resurfacing the ends of your shin bone and lower ankle bone with metal components and placing a plastic spacer in-between. Total ankle replacement is designed to relieve ankle arthritis pain while increasing mobility. The procedure replaces damaged cartilage so the joint can move and bend more like a healthy ankle—allowing you to walk with a more normal gait.
The team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center explores every non-surgical treatment option, like physical therapy and medication, before recommending total ankle replacement. If these treatments fail to relieve your ankle pain and symptoms, you may be a candidate for surgery.
Ankle replacement is less common than other joint replacement procedures, such as hip or knee arthroplasty. The multidisciplinary team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center combine new and established techniques to produce excellent results. All their surgeons are fellowship-trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction and help to the highest standards.
Why would I need a total ankle replacement? Back to top
Late-stage ankle arthritis is the most common reason for total ankle replacement surgery. Ankle arthritis causes wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones at a joint.
Cartilage is essential for pain-free motion, so ankle arthritis often leads to pain and swelling that limits your ability to walk. If ankle arthritis negatively affects your quality of life, the highly skilled surgeons at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center can help.
What are my options for a total ankle replacement? Back to top
First, your provider at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center performs a thorough evaluation of your ankle. They may take a weight-bearing X-ray to check your ankle alignment and confirm a diagnosis of ankle arthritis.
Then, they discuss your best options for ankle replacement. To ensure the best match for you, the surgeons at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center are trained to implant all FDA-approved total ankle replacement devices available in the United States, including:
- INFINITY™ Total Ankle System
- INBONE™ Total Ankle System
- Vantage® Total Ankle System
- STAR™ Ankle (Scandinavian total ankle replacement)
- Zimmer® Total Ankle
Steven K. Neufeld, MD, is also the founder and director of the Inova Health Total Ankle Replacement Program.
In addition to expert foot and ankle surgeons, your team of providers includes primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and physical therapists. These providers work together to educate and prepare you for ankle replacement surgery.
Before your procedure, you attend a pre-surgery joint education class at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center. Afterward, you meet with your physical therapists and social workers to help you recover comfortably at home or at a rehabilitation facility.
To learn more about total ankle replacement, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.