Foot joint replacement removes damaged cartilage and bone in the foot and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability.
Also Known As:
- Foot arthroplasty
- Foot surgery
- Joint surgery
- Podiatric surgery
Conditions Treated with Foot Joint Replacement:
Foot joint replacement is utilized to treat foot injury and foot pain. It can also be used as a treatment method for foot arthritis.
Non-surgical alternatives to foot joint replacement include pain medication, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Surgical alternatives can include foot fusion and arthroscopic foot joint replacement.
Anesthesia with Foot Joint Replacement:
Foot joint replacement is typically performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Foot Joint Replacement:
Possible risks following foot joint replacement include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the artificial foot joint to become dislocated or for the patient to experience no improvement in foot mobility.
Prognosis after Foot Joint Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result following foot joint replacement is good.
Recovery from Foot Joint Replacement:
The total recovery time for foot joint replacement is six to eight weeks.