Total Ankle Replacement

This information is useful for adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine's ankle replacement surgery team has done many of these complex procedures, and is rated among the best in the country.
  • We have been involved in designing the most advanced artificial ankle joints.
  • Patients who need ankle replacement surgery come to Yale Medicine from around the world.

It seems nearly everybody knows someone with an artificial knee or hip. Far fewer people know that ankles can also be replaced.   

If you've had a traumatic injury to the ankle, or suffer from ankle arthritis, total ankle replacement surgery—and the comprehensive rehabilitation that follows—are available from the experienced experts at Yale Medicine. 

Though all arthritis hurts, when it affects the ankle the pain is especially intense. Researchers have ranked pain from ankle arthritis as being more severe than what people experience during a heart attack or with advanced hip arthritis, says John S. Reach, MD, MSc, director of the Foot and Ankle Service at Yale Medicine and professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine.

Since the three joints that make up the ankle provide stability and support for standing, balance, walking and running, a person with severe ankle arthritis “can barely walk,” Dr. Reach says.