Total Ankle Replacement – An Introduction

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Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA
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As the owner and president of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA, Dr. Terry H. Clarke draws on diverse experience in podiatric medicine and surgery. Dr. Terry H. Clarke comes to this role following service as associate doctor at Keystone Podiatric Medical Associates, PC, where he distinguished himself as the first surgeon in the PinnacleHealth System to perform a STAR total ankle replacement.

For some patients with arthritis in the ankle, pain does not respond to medication and other conservative treatments. Surgical intervention presents some additional options, including bone fusion to immobilize the joint and thus provide relief from pain with motion. However, this option does take away a fair amount of the patient’s mobility.

Arthroplasty, by contrast, allows the patient to retain movement by replacing the entire joint structure. In the place of bone, a surgeon introduces a structure made of surgical grade polyethylene plastic and metal. In allowing the patient to use the ankle normally, such a structure eliminates the burden on nearby joints and reduces the risk of additional arthritis.

The surgeon may also surgically lengthen a tight Achilles tendon or calf muscle. This helps optimize post-surgical movement capacity and relieve stress on the replaced joint.

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