Frequently Asked Questions

I am in my 50’s and my ankle pain has gotten to the point where I can barely walk without pain, especially in the mornings.  I’m normally fairly active and my ankle has been bothersome since I fractured it in my 20’s.  What are my treatment options as far as pain reduction?  Can they replace your ankle like they do knees now?

Advances in technology now show good results with ankle replacements. Currently, there are two options that allow for improved function and decreased pain: a mobile implant, that allows for motion in multiple planes, and a fixed-bearing, that allows for pointing and flexing the ankle, but little side to side motion.  Both are considered equal and implant choice is determined by the surgeon and the patient.

Robin M. Queen, PhD. et al. Patient-Reported Outcomes, Function, and Gait Mechanics After Fixed and Mobile-Bearing Total Ankle Replacement. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. June, 2014. Vol. 96-A, No. 12.  Pp. 987-993.

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