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Look at your foot and ankle, without them you would not be able to walk to the store, dance to your favorite tune or drive a car. The foot and ankle are at times our only contact point with the earth and the things we do on earth. If something goes wrong with these important body parts, your whole world can fall apart.
Notice how complicated your foot is from heel to toes. Each foot has 28 bones and 30 joints ; now that is one complicated piece of equipment! Just above your foot is the ankle joint where the shinbone (tibia) rests on top of the talus (the uppermost foot bone). Because of the complicated anatomy and high degree of stress on the foot and ankle complex, this area has a frequent amount of over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misdiagnosed conditions. You and your doctor need to understand that certain conditions can masquerade as others. Falling into a trap of an imposter can give you a never-ending cycle of unhappy feet.
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Ankle replacement is designed to treat arthritis of the ankle. This type of arthritis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is " wear and tear" of the cartilage in a joint . Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a system-wide disease process, which affects the entire body. Osteoarthritis can affect isolated joints whereas rheumatoid arthritis usually affects multiple joints. Post-traumatic arthritis is the breakdown of cartilage which occurs after a joint has been injured, such as by a fracture. In a candidate for ankle replacement, the arthritis has typically progressed to a complete or near complete loss of cartilage on the surface of the ankle bones.
In a normal ankle joint, the surface of the bones touching each other have a smooth layer of cartilage covering them. We don't feel pain in a normal ankle when walking or standing, because the cartilage does not have nerves and we therefore do not feel sensation...
The main advantage of ankle replacement surgery is to relieve ankle arthritis pain and to preserve motion in the ankle joint. The alternative to ankle replacement surgery is ankle fusion. Ankle fusion is a more traditional surgery for ankle arthritis; in this procedure the cartilage is shaved off the bones of the ankle joint, which are then allowed to heal together. This eliminates the painful arthritic surfaces from rubbing on each other, however it comes at the expense of motion. Another downside of fusion of the ankle is that the ankle will be permanently stiff, and can lead to arthritis in adjacent joints. Ankle replacement surgery, however, can reduce this occurrence and allow motion of the ankle. Indeed, after ankle replacement surgery patients will be able to bear weight and walk without pain in the ankle. Most patients can resume daily activities without the use of pain medications .
While there are many pros to ankle replacement surgery, there are cons to consider as well. S...
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