Total ankle replacements are a significant advancement in orthopedic surgery, providing relief and improved quality of life for patients suffering from severe ankle pain and dysfunction.

If you’re considering this procedure, it’s essential to understand how the process works, who the ideal candidates are, and the benefits it offers.

Our board-certified foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Adam Ferguson, is here to guide you through every step. Call our office today at 203-265-3280 to schedule an appointment.

Symptoms of Ankle Pain

Recognizing the symptoms of ankle pain can help you seek timely medical intervention. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent pain or tenderness
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight or walking
  • Ankle instability or frequent giving way

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to consult with a specialist. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further complications and improve outcomes.

How Does Total Ankle Replacement Work?

Total ankle replacement involves replacing the damaged parts of the ankle joint with artificial components. Here’s a brief overview of the process:

  • Pre-surgical Evaluation: Your surgeon will conduct a thorough assessment, including imaging tests, to plan the surgery.
  • Anesthesia: The procedure is typically performed under general or spinal anesthesia.
  • Surgical Procedure: Your surgeon will make an incision to access the ankle joint, remove the damaged bone and cartilage, and implant the artificial components.
  • Recovery: Post-surgery, you will need to follow a structured rehabilitation program to ensure proper healing and regain strength and mobility.

Who is a Good Candidate for Total Ankle Replacement?

Total ankle replacement is typically recommended for patients who have:

  • Severe arthritis of the ankle
  • Persistent ankle pain that affects daily activities
  • Ankle deformities that impair function
  • Ankle instability not adequately managed by conservative treatments

Ideal candidates are those who are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and are motivated to follow post-surgical rehabilitation protocols. It’s important to note that not all patients with ankle issues are suitable for this procedure. Dr. Adam Ferguson will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if total ankle replacement is the best option for you.

Benefits of Total Ankle Replacement

Undergoing total ankle replacement can offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Pain Relief: One of the primary goals is to alleviate chronic ankle pain, allowing you to return to daily activities without discomfort.
  • Improved Mobility: Many patients experience significant improvements in ankle function and overall mobility.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Reduced pain and better mobility can lead to an improved overall quality of life, making it easier to engage in both personal and professional activities.
  • Long-term Results: Modern ankle replacements are designed to last many years, providing a long-term solution for chronic ankle problems.

Meet Dr. Adam Ferguson: Your Foot & Ankle Specialist

Dr. Adam Ferguson is a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle conditions. With years of experience and a commitment to patient care, Dr. Ferguson is dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes for his patients. Whether you’re dealing with chronic ankle pain or considering total ankle replacement, Dr. Ferguson will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Contact Us Today

Don’t let ankle pain hold you back from enjoying life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Ferguson by calling our office at 203-265-3280. Our team is here to support you on your journey to better ankle health.