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Joint Replacement

Total Ankle Replacement

Symptoms

The symptoms of a degenerative ankle joint usually begin as pain while bearing weight on the affected ankle. You may limp and the ankle may become swollen with fluid. The degeneration can lead to a reduction in the range of motion of the affected ankle. Bone spurs will usually develop and can be seen on X-ray. Finally, as the condition becomes worse, the pain may be present all the time and may even keep you awake at night.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of a degenerative ankle starts with a complete history and physical examination by your doctor. X-rays will be required to determine the extent of the degenerative process and may suggest a cause for the degeneration.

Ankle Replacement Surgery

In ankle replacement surgery, the damaged bone and cartilage are replaced with metal and plastic surfaces that are shaped to restore ankle movement and function. The new artificial ankle is called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is generally composed of two metal pieces fitted onto the ends of the tibia (shin bone) and the talus (heel bone) and a plastic piece inserted between them to act as a bearing.

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