Total ankle replacement is also known by the term “total ankle arthroplasty”. This is when your ankle joint is completely replaced with an artificial one. Ankle refers to the area of the lower leg where your talus bone meets the tibia. Sometimes, the cartilage that covers these Bones begins to dissolve. This causes friction between bone and bone, absorbing bone, and uncontrollable pain. A total ankle replacement is the best treatment in this case. To treat the following conditions, total ankle replacement may be an option.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Trauma-related arthritis can cause arthritis
- Trauma to the joints can cause joint damage
- Septic arthritis
Physical therapy plays a role in the total ankle replacementPostoperative pain management is a key role of physical therapy.
Swelling and pain reduction
Normalizing range of motion
Stabilizing gait, balance
Gaining strength and flexibility