What is Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is a procedure that involves the removal of damaged or diseased portions of a joint and their replacement with artificial components. This surgery becomes necessary when joints deteriorate due to factors like arthritis, prolonged wear and tear, or underlying medical conditions. The primary objectives of foot or ankle joint replacement surgery are to alleviate pain, enhance joint functionality, and improve mobility. Before considering such surgery, podiatrists typically explore alternative treatments, such as exercise regimens, walking aids like canes or walkers, physical therapy, and medications to manage pain and inflammation. While joint replacement surgery can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life, it is not without risks. Potential complications include postoperative infections, blood clot formation, and the eventual erosion of the artificial joint surface, which may require revision surgery after 15 to 20 years. If you are experiencing foot or ankle joint issues that have not responded to more conservative treatment, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether joint replacement surgery is a viable treatment option for you.

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.