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Find out more about joint replacement surgery and when it’s necessary.
Have you been diagnosed with arthritis of the ankle? Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects the cartilage around the bones of the ankle, leading to pain and stiffness. From infections and connective tissue disorders to certain diseases, there are many factors that can contribute to ankle arthritis. Of course, it’s important to understand both the treatment options that are offered by our Ocala office and when to consider contacting our podiatrist, Dr, Dobert Linn, for joint replacement surgery.
When should I consider joint replacement surgery?
In most cases, our Ocala foot and ankle specialist will provide you with different nonsurgical treatment options for managing your arthritis symptoms and to prevent further joint damage. Some of these conservative treatment options include painkillers and corticosteroid injections.
Of course, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of joint replacement surgery if all other treatment options haven’t provided you with the relief that you need.
What is involved in joint replacement surgery?
This inpatient procedure is performed under general anesthesia. During surgery, an incision is made in the front of the ankle and the joint is exposed by lifting away the tendons and ligaments. Damaged parts of the anklebone are removed and then the artificial joint is placed. A bone graft is often needed to fuse together the tibia and fibula to keep the artificial joint in place.
What is the recovery process like?
After your surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days before being released. From there, your foot doctor will give you specific instructions about at-home care. You’ll wear a splint or protective boot and will need to use crutches so that you do not put weight on the ankle. Crutches will be used for at least six weeks. The length of the recovery process is different for everyone, so it’s important to talk to us to find out what you can expect after joint replacement surgery.
If your ankle arthritis is impacting your daily routine and quality of life, then surgery may be the best option. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for joint replacement surgery, call Foot & Ankle of Ocala today at (352) 861-1055 to sit down with Dr. Linn for a consultation.
Arthritis is a joint condition that affects roughly 54 million American adults according to the Arthritis Foundation. It can show up in joints all around the body, including the feet and toes. When the joints of the feet are affected by inflammation, it affects a patient’s ability to move their toes, bend their feet up or down, and turn on a dime when participating in athletic activities. Learn the steps that you can take to care for arthritic feet and improve your overall foot health.
Arthritis in the Feet
Arthritic joint pain, which is usually caused by an inflammatory reaction, is most commonly felt in the big toe, ankle, and the middle part of the foot. There are many different types of arthritis conditions that could affect the feet, including psoriatic, reactive, and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form—it is caused by the bones rubbing together, making the joints feel stiff and painful. Patients who are overweight are more likely to struggle with arthritic feet, as are seniors. Some people have had arthritis since childhood (juvenile arthritis or JA), making them more likely to develop foot deformities like bunions and struggle with swollen joints.
Though arthritis isn’t a curable condition, the symptoms can be eased with treatment so that you can continue to walk, jog, exercise, and work without debilitating pain. These are some of the ways your podiatrist may treat arthritis in the feet:
- An X-ray or other imaging test to examine the condition of the joints.
- Physical therapy exercises to make the joints more flexible.
- Orthotic device or shoe for better foot support.
- Joint injections (corticosteroids).
- NSAID drugs (anti-inflammatories).
- Surgery to remove inflamed tissue around the joints (Arthroscopic debridement) or fuse the bones (arthrodesis).
Caring for Your Feet
Seeing a foot doctor is an important part of caring for arthritic feet. But there are also some actions you can take at home to keep your feet and joints in good condition:
- Get rid of shoes that put too much pressure on your joints, like high heels or sneakers that don’t support the ankles.
- Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt and massage your feet when relaxing.
- Commit to doing the toe and foot exercises suggested by your podiatrist.
Treating Arthritic Feet
Arthritic feet shouldn't prevent you from carrying on with normal life and physical activities. Get help from a podiatrist as soon as you start to experience symptoms and take extra steps to care for your feet.