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Podiatry and total ankle replacement

Do you have foot or ankle problems?

Foot and ankle issues do not have to disrupt your life anymore!

To determine the underlying cause of your foot and ankle pain, the team at Cookeville Regional Medical Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies. They evaluate close-up images of your foot or ankle structures to identify fractures, tissue tears, and other issues that trigger your pain.

Additionally, the team performs a comprehensive physical exam of your foot and ankle to evaluate the range of motion you have. They also check for swelling, bruising and joint deformities.

Once they understand the nature of your condition, the foot and ankle specialists create a treatment plan to relieve pain and restore full mobility in your foot or ankle.

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Tier 1 Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Institute

105 S. Willow Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38501

Do you have foot and ankle pain?

Foot and ankle issues do not have to disrupt your life anymore!

Any conditions, such as bursitis, fractures, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, can be treated.

Don’t let foot and ankle issues get in the way of living your best life.

Meet the Experts

Dr. Christopher Juels, DPM

Christopher Juels, DPM

Podiatry-Foot & Ankle Surgery

Tier 1 Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Institute

Jonathon Srour, DPM, AACFAS

Podiatry-Foot & Ankle Surgery

Tier 1 Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Institute

Total Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement, or ankle arthroplasty, treats ankle arthritis. The surgery can help reduce ankle pain, increase joint stability and improve overall mobility. Healthcare providers only recommend ankle replacement when other treatments fail to relieve symptoms of ankle arthritis.

This procedure replaces damaged parts of the ankle with prosthetics (plastic and metal parts). These new parts work together and move like your natural joint.

Ankle replacement surgery may make sense for you if you have severe arthritis in your ankle. This can cause symptoms like severe pain, inflammation and stiffness, which can lead to difficulty walking.

The main types of ankle arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is “wear and tear” arthritis that develops in older adults.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is a system-wide autoimmune disease that affects the joints.
  • Post traumatic arthritis: This can happen because of a past injury of your joint.

If you have mild or moderate arthritis, your healthcare provider will probably recommend other treatments, like an anti-inflammatory, special shoe and foot inserts, braces, physical therapy or corticosteroid injections. If you still have severe symptoms that interfere with your daily activities, your healthcare provider may recommend ankle replacement or another surgical procedure.


Foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Chris Juels talks about the advances that have been made in ankle replacement and when patients need to see him for relief options.