Dr. Horton explains if a patient should see a specialist to treat ankle problems.
Compared to other joint replacements surgeries such as the knee and hip, the ankle is a very sensitive joint. There are a few people in the country that have been specially trained to do ankle joint replacements. I would highly recommend any patients considering an ankle joint replacement to go to a foot and ankle specialist that has been specifically trained in that procedure because it’s much less forgiving than a knee or hip joint replacement, and the longevity of the prosthesis, while getting close to hips and knees, is not quite the same, and so it requires much more follow-up and close attention and observation over time.
About Dr. Horton, M.D.:
Dr. Eric R. Horton, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in lower extremity conditions and ankle and foot reconstruction at Alvarado Orthopedic Medical Group. He has almost ten years of private practice experience in treating a wide range of adult, juvenile, and childhood orthopedic disorders including trauma, sports injuries, arthritis, leg deformities, and other musculoskeletal conditions of the body.
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