Until recently, there were limited options for people who needed an ankle replacement in the United States.
Now medical manufacturers have designed a new total ankle replacement, that can help people walk with more flexibility and movement.
Here's Dr. Sanjay Gupta with today's Health MInute.
Tim McAvoy has been active all his life. But over time his golfing and running took a toll.
After years of twisting and pounding, McAvoy started to have problems with an arthritic ankle.
"I collapsed while i was running and lost feeling you know basically in my entire right leg."
McAvoy eventually sought the help of Dr. Stephen Brigido who was using a new state of the art, Inbone Ankle Implant to rid patients of arthritic pain.
Now unlike most ankle surgery that fuses bone to bone, causing the joint to be rigid, this implant gives full movement to the ankle joint, with less pain.
"That really allows the patients who have demand on their ankle to have the ability to preserve that motion, remove that arthritic bone and do their activities pain free."
Each piece is fitted, depending on the patient's size and bone structure after carefully aligning the ankle, pieces of titanium are implanted in the tibia bone. The stem is connected to a polyethylene piece that keeps the tibia and ankle bones from rubbing together. You see it's that rubbing that causes the pain. The device is then attached to a cobalt stem in the ankle bone.
For McAvoy, the implant has turned his life around. He's playing golf again and doing other things that were difficult before his surgery.
For today's Health Minute, I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta.