Can A Calf Implant Withstand Strenuous Physical Activities?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I saw your website allows free consultations/questions about plastic surgery. And I was curious about a singular calf implant. 

I was born with club foot but after correction the mass in my right leg developed different from the left. It was much smaller but over the years I have made major progress but I know it will never be equal. I am in my mid 20’s and live a very active life. And wanted to know if a calf implant can handle such a lifestyle. From hiking, wakeboarding, marathons and mixed martial arts and things like of that nature; without risk of popping or shifting. I’ve read there are different types of implants such as soft and solid silicone etc and which would be better suited for activity. 

I know the recovery time can be a little long but I would be willing to wait as long as possible to guarantee results. 

A: Thank you for your inquiry. Clubfoot is the most common reason for the use of a unilateral or solitary calf implant. A calf implant is composed of an ultrasoft but solid silicone that will last a lifetime and can withstand any type of physical exertion or trauma.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana