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Why is the bottom of my foot numb after a total ankle replacement surgery?

Why is the bottom of my foot numb after a  total ankle replacement surgery?

Couple of things: It is possible that the nerve was injured during the surgery or that there is swelling around the nerve. It would be helpful to know how long ago the surgery was. ...Read more

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Why might the bottom of my foot be numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Why might the bottom of my foot be numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Numbness: There are a number of reasons for this. Seeing your treating surgeon is most beneficial as he knows what was done in the operating room. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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Please explain why is the bottom of my foot numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Please explain why is the bottom of my foot numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Nerve issue: This is a nerve issue. Most likely involving the posterior tibial nerve and/or its respective branches. Consult your original surgeon and ask for an MRI to determine the integrity of this nerve. Ask for a copy of the MRI results. ...Read more

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I recently had a total ankle replacement done (2.5 wks ago) and I was wondering if smoking small amounts of medical marijuana would hinder healing?

I recently had a total ankle replacement done (2.5 wks ago) and I was wondering if smoking small amounts of medical marijuana would hinder healing?

Depends: If you have a medical condition that medical marijuana is prescribed for it is OK Just make sure you follow the weight bearing status that you doctor has prescribed and be care not to get light headed and/or fall ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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What is the process to get an ankle replacement?

What is the process to get an ankle replacement?

Pain+stiffness: If you have a painful ankle and xrays show loss of cartilage(arthritis) when nmedications, orthotics, braciing and shoe modifications do not allow you to function, you are a potential candidate for an ankle replacement. Requires examination by an ortho surgeon with experience in procedure.Need adequate bone stock, correctable deformity(s), good skin/circulation .Sakvage is an ankle fusion. ...Read more

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How painful is having an ankle replacement/fusion?

How painful is having an ankle replacement/fusion?

Variable: There is some pain involved because of soft tissues and bone are cut and manipulated. Hardware also has to be placed. Many surgeons performing use regional nerve blocks which substantially decrease and sometimes even eliminate the pain for an extended time. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and response to pain medications as well. In short the pain levels vary with individual cases. ...Read more

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Is it common to have an ankle replacement or fusion?

Is it common to have an ankle replacement or fusion?

Ankle surgery: At your age, if indicated (arthritis, etc) it is usually an ankle fusion that takes place unless you have been told you have juvenile ra. Both procedures are commonly done by foot and ankle surgeons who have been trained properly. The recovery time is roughly the same, but at your age, if indicated by medical history and physician evaluation, usually a fusion is done. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is involved in having a ankle replacement done?

What is involved in having a ankle replacement done?

Metal/plastic insert: Ankle replacement involves removing a small portion of bone on both sides of the joint (tibia and talus) and replacing it with metal on both ends and a special plastic (uhmwp) insert in the middle. It should be done by an experienced orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. ...Read more

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What to expect from ankle replacement surgery?

What to expect from ankle replacement surgery?

Fair to good results: Most published reports related to total ankle arthroplasty have a fair to poor-quality level of evidence. Comparative studies with a fair to good-quality level of evidence suggest that total ankle arthroplasty provides equal pain relief and possibly improved function compared with other procedures. ...Read more

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What is involved after ankle replacement surgery?

What is involved after ankle replacement surgery?

Physical Therapy: As with any joint repacement surgery a lot of physical therepy is necessary. ...Read more

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Which has a longer recovery time: ankle replacement surgery or ankle fusion?

Depends: Most total ankle replacements require a shorter period of being non weight bearing than ankle fusions. The decision for which of these treatment options is best should not be based on the recovery time but rather factors such as age, size, functional demands, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of limits on motion due you have after ankle replacement?

Variable: The best predictor of ankle motion after ankle replacement is ankle motion before replacement. While motion can be gained, this is by no means guaranteed as factors such as capsule and tendon contractures can also play a role. ...Read more

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What is an ankle replacement like?

What is an ankle replacement like?

Similar to normal: Replacing an ankle is as close to normal as possible if you are considering a replacement vs fusion. ...Read more

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What is the hintegra ankle replacement technique?

Complex: This replacement of an ankle is complex and 400 characters won't reveal much. Ask your surgeon their preferred or planned implant and go to the manufacturers website. Many have excellent patient information pages. ...Read more

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