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Do I need an ankle joint replacement?

Ankle joint needing replacementTotal joint replacement is becoming more and more common as a surgical option as medical technology and techniques improve, including the ankle joint. It’s a service we have been able to provide for many patients at Family Foot & Ankle Center. Is it for you?

There are no hard and fast rules, but a number of factors can determine whether we recommend a total joint replacement in the ankle. Surgery is usually only considered once conservative treatment options (like physical therapy and bracing) have been exhausted, and even then you may have a choice between ankle replacement or a more traditional fusion surgery.

Traditional fusion has a very high success rate in terms of relieving pain, but at the cost of greatly reduced joint mobility—you won’t be able to move your foot up and down at the ankle. Ankle replacement will preserve the range of motion in the joint, but may need to be monitored and replaced every 10-15 years. Furthermore, certain conditions tend to be better fits for one procedure or another.

The important thing to remember is that chronic ankle pain doesn’t have to be permanent—the team at Family Foot & Ankle Center can employ a wide variety of techniques to get you the relief you need. Call us today at 888-689-3317 to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.