Total Ankle Replacement

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

Total ankle replacement surgery can improve your foot and leg function and fix degenerative damage caused by arthritis. The team of board-certified foot and ankle surgeons at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers use cutting-edge technology to perform total ankle replacement procedures in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia. Find out if this modern joint surgery is right for you by booking an exam online or over the phone today.

Total Ankle Replacement Q & A

Why do I need a total ankle replacement?

A total ankle replacement (TAR) is a modern surgical procedure used to reverse the effects of arthritic damage. Your podiatrist could recommend a total ankle replacement if you have:

  • Joint deformity
  • Loss of cartilage
  • Limited range of motion
  • Post-traumatic arthritis from an injury
  • Chronic pain that doesn’t respond to conservative therapies

Your total ankle replacement procedure can restore your normal ankle function so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy without struggling with pain or stiffness.

What happens during a total ankle replacement?

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers podiatrists can do a total ankle replacement under general or local anesthesia. After stopping blood flow with a tourniquet, your foot and ankle surgeon makes a small incision either on the front or the side of your ankle, depending on your type of implant.

The next step involves cutting into your bones to make room for artificial joint components made of medical-grade metal and plastic. Your surgeon has to carefully align your ankle joint and ensure connective tissues are in place after inserting your new joint components.

Once your TAR is done, your surgeon closes the incision with stitches or staples and applies a splint to hold your ankle in place. Generally, you need to spend at least a couple of nights in the hospital to keep your ankle elevated to control swelling and improve wound healing.

What is the total ankle replacement recovery like?

The dedicated team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers works together to ensure your total ankle replacement surgery is a success. Once you’re released from the hospital, you’re going to be in a cast or cast boot for several weeks.

After your surgical wounds heal, usually by about two weeks after your TAR, your foot and ankle surgeon gets you started on gentle range-of-motion activities and non-weight-bearing exercises. As long as you’re healing properly, you can typically begin weight-bearing activities like walking within a few weeks.

By around 4-6 weeks after your total ankle replacement from Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, you can return to many of your normal activities. Depending on how quickly you heal, you can return to exercise and sports within 4-6 months.

Book your total ankle replacement evaluation at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers directly through the website. You can also call the office nearest you.