Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Performed in Freehold & Monroe Township, NJ
Chronic ankle pain is frequently caused by arthritis. Unlike knee and hip arthritis, which often result from age-related wear and tear on joint cartilage and bone surfaces, ankle arthritis usually develops after a trauma, such as a fall, collision, or direct blow that fractures a bone in the lower leg. A total ankle replacement may be performed to relieve pain and improve function in an arthritic or otherwise damaged ankle joint.
In many cases, ankle arthritis treatment begins with nonsurgical therapies such as activity modifications, muscle-strengthening exercises, bracing, weight loss, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or cortisone injections. If the symptoms do not respond sufficiently to several months of conservative treatment, total ankle replacement surgery may be considered. This complex procedure involves the removal of degenerated cartilage and the resurfacing of damaged bones, after which a surgeon places a high-tech metal and plastic implant that is designed to closely mimic the natural movement of the ankle.
A Master of Total Ankle Replacement in New Jersey
Dr. Alison DeWaters of Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute is a highly respected surgeon who performs total ankle replacement surgery in Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey. After earning an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from Temple University, she completed a four-year residency in podiatric reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center, where she served as chief resident.
At AOSMI, Dr. DeWaters devotes her practice exclusively to foot and ankle care. Board certified in foot and ankle surgery, she is trained in the widely acclaimed Wright Medical InBone Total Ankle Implant, which is considered to be the gold standard for treating end-stage ankle arthritis. In addition to total ankle replacement surgery, her areas of expertise include peripheral nerve surgery, reconstructive surgery, and diabetic foot care.
A recognized leader in her field, Dr. DeWaters teaches total ankle replacement surgery to podiatric medical students and residents. She lectures on various topics throughout the U.S. and authored a chapter in McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She was also selected by readers of the Asbury Park Press as “One of the Best Podiatrists” in the Freehold area.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re considering total ankle replacement surgery, you can feel confident entrusting your care to Dr. DeWaters. Contact AOSMI to request an appointment at our state-of-the-art orthopedic center in Freehold or Monroe Township, NJ, today.