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Ankle Arthritis and Total Ankle Replacement

Ankle is the toughest and the most durable part of our body. The ankle gets worn out due to wear and tear or any injury.

 

What is ankle arthritis ?

Ankle arthritis occurs when the cartilage becomes thin and rough. Cartilage is a resilient substance which covers the bones that lubricates the joints ensuring smooth movement.

 

Risk factors for developing ankle arthritis ?

The major causes for developing ankle arthritis are

  • Inheritance of genes that cause arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Frequent fractures or sprains
  • Rheumatoid disease
  • Infections in the ankle
  • Age related factors

Treatment of Ankle related Arthritis ?

Mild symptoms are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy in certain cases. Wearing proper shoes, exercises help relieve pain and symptoms.

 

When is surgery suggested and types of ankle surgeries ?

The orthopedic surgeon usually suggests surgery during severe arthritis. Ankle fusion and arthroscopy are minimally invasive types of surgeries. In ankle fusion two bones are transformed into one solid bone that does not move any longer. The damaged cartilage is removed, annexing the joint with the bone holding it metal plates and screws. It is successful in decreasing pain and improving function, though in certain cases the ankle may become stiff.

In arthroscopy small camera is attached and the surgery is performed visualizing the images and the damaged tissue is removed. Arthroscopy is useful in early stages of arthritis and it is a minimally invasive procedure.

 

What is an ankle replacement surgery ?

Damaged cartilage is removed and artificial joint is implanted. The artificial joint is made from metal and plastic and is very strong. People having other ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity or any heart ailments need to get themselves thoroughly evaluated before the surgery. The surgery is a complicated procedure and needs to be performed by an orthopedic surgeon. The stay in the hospital is around 3 to 5 days and the recovery period is six to eight weeks. Risk factors include severe blood loss, infection or post-surgery complications.

KIMS hospital has the best orthopedic center in Hyderabad. The best ankle replacement surgery in Hyderabad is performed at KIMS. Ankle Injury treatment in Hyderabad is at its best in KIMS. Best ankle replacement surgeon in Hyderabad is available at KIMS.

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