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Ankle Joint Replacement Surgery FAQs

If you deal with arthritis, it’s very important to make sure that you’re properly managing your symptoms and making sure that your pain is controlled. When arthritis isn’t properly dealt with, the wear and tear on your ankle can lead to your ankle no longer being able to function properly, which can cause you severe pain unless the ankle is replaced. Dr. Joseph Disabato at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates in Charlottesville, VA, can explain some frequently asked questions about ankle joint replacement surgery and how it can help you restore a worn-down ankle.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ankle Joint Replacement Surgery

Q. How can an ankle joint replacement benefit me?

A. If your ankle has been worn down from unmanaged arthritis, it can take a toll and your ankle won’t be able to work the way that it’s designed to. When you get an ankle joint replacement surgery from your podiatrist in Charlottesville, VA, you may be able to reduce the pain you experience, regain mobility and range of motion, and strengthen the ankle. You should be able to enjoy the activities your damaged ankle stopped you from being able to do.

Q. How does an ankle joint replacement surgery work?

A. During the procedure, your podiatrist will remove the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial joint. During the healing process, the bone will fuse with the new joint and it should start to work properly and be able to take the weight.

Q. How long is the recovery process?

A. The recovery process can be a long journey that may last several months, which multiple steps along the way. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to replace your crutches with a protective boot that you may have to wear for several months. Depending on the severity of your replacement, it can take up to a full year to fully heal.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Replace your ankle with a new joint that can start working like new! Contact Dr. Joseph Disabato at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates in Culpeper or Charlottesville, VA, to learn about ankle joint replacement surgery and if it’s right for you. Call for more information today at (434) 977-8040 for the office in Charlottesville, VA.

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