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How do you know when you need a total ankle replacement

Total Ankle Replacement - also known as a Total Ankle Arthoplasty - is a surgery used to treat advanced ankle arthritis or pain and deterioration due to normal wear and tear or a previous injury. 


Orthopedic medicine is a specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system, which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, allows you to move, work, and be active. Many people need to see an orthopedic doctor because of joint pain or immobility - particularly in joints such as the hip, knee, and ankle. Our orthopedic department offers total joint replacement to help people relieve pain, correct issues, and resume their normally active life.

How do you know if you need a Total Ankle Replacement?

Those with arthritis in the ankle joint or constant pain in their ankle from previous injuries or normal aging are typically good candidates for total ankle replacement. If conservative measures such as    anti-inflammatory medication, braces, physical therapy and modification to physical activity do not provide relief, your doctor may recommend consulting with an orthopedic specialist to discuss ankle joint replacement.

Total ankle replacement is surgery that requires a short hospital stay and a period of non-weight bearing in either a cast or boot to allow the implanted joint to heal properly. After healing, physical therapy is often recommended to promote a return to your normal range of motion.

Total ankle replacement at Logansport Memorial Hospital

Scott Marsh, DPM, FACFAS is a board-certified podiatrist offering comprehensive treatment for a variety of foot and ankle issues, including heel pain, arch pain, flat feet, bunions, and more. Additionally, he is board-certified in Rearfoot Reconstruction and Ankle Surgery which enable him to provide total ankle replacements. Dr. Marsh enjoys taking time to listen to each of his patients, to fully understand the foot and ankle problems they face, and to find a solution that can address it for them. 


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TOPICS: Orthopedics, Foot care