Dr. Jesse Doty of UT Erlanger Foot and Ankle Institute answers a reader’s question about when to consider ankle replacement. Dr. Doty suggests that patients who have completed at least six months of therapy with bracing, anti-inflammatory medications and a cane or crutches, with little success, may be good candidates for an ankle replacement. He explains that if a patient is deemed a good candidate their physician will remove the worn-out joint surface and resurface with a metal alloy and a plastic spacer, replacing the damaged cartilage surfaces.
The opinions of Dr. Doty are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.
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