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Total Ankle Replacement Marks a Big Step Forward in Orthopedic Care

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Not being able to enjoy the lifestyle and activities you always loved can be a real pain in the…ankle. Fortunately, Sauk Prairie Healthcare offers a variety of solutions for foot and ankle treatment, including highly specialized ankle replacement surgery.

“A total ankle replacement can offer greater stability, natural motion and relief from pain, especially in the case of arthritis,” says Dr. Andrew Ertl. “It’s a very patient-specific procedure. The replacement components are based on a 3-D model created from the individual’s CT scan to provide a precise fit.”

Sauk Prairie Healthcare has long held a solid reputation for compassionate care and successful outcomes with joint replacement for knees, hips and shoulders. Like these procedures, ankle replacement must be done by an orthopedic surgeon with advanced specialty training, such as Dr. Ertl — who completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Ertl says not everyone is a candidate for total ankle replacement. Some factors include how much wear and tear or deformity the ankle has, how well the joints align and how active the patient is.

“We don’t just jump right into an ankle replacement or ankle fusion surgery,” says Dr. Ertl. “We look at the X-rays and talk with each patient about the best approaches and options. Ideally, we start with non-operative treatments that could help, such as shoe wear, braces, medications and injections.”

If your ankle pain is holding you back from daily life, take that first step and come in to discuss your symptoms, concerns and questions with Dr. Ertl. To make an appointment, call 608-643-2471.

For all your foot and ankle needs – and more Dr. Ertl treats general orthopedic needs, including these specialty foot and ankle issues:

  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Bunion and hammertoe deformities
  • Ankle instability and tendonitis
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel and arch pain)