Total ankle replacement (also called ankle arthroplasty) is a surgical option for patients with arthritis of the ankle. This operation can relieve pain and maintain motion in the arthritic ankle joint and is an alternative to arthrodesis (ankle fusion) which can relieve pain but eliminates motion in the joint. Ankle replacement is surgery to replace the damaged bone and cartilage in the ankle joint. Artificial joint parts (prosthetics) are used to replace your own bones. There are different types of ankle replacement surgeries.

Longterm Effects of Ankle Pain

The surgeons at New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute use only the latest and best techniques.  This surgery may be done if the ankle joint is badly damaged. Your symptoms may be pain and loss of movement of the ankle. Some causes of damage are:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fracture
  • Infection
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

What to Expect From Ankle Replacement Surgery

  • Decrease or get rid of your pain
  • Allow you to move your ankle up and down

New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute has been replacing ankles for patients in the Albuquerque area for over 10 years now giving patients a great alternative to fusion or long term pain. Ankle replacement is not for everyone but the surgeons at New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute can evaluate if this is the right choice for you.  If you suffer from chronic ankle pain and want to know how to find a way forward call us and let us guide you to a life without pain.  

Nathan Ivey
Experienced Albuquerque podiatrist specializing in preventing and treating foot and ankle pain.