Ankle Arthritis is Extremely Common
In this blog article, we discuss treating foot and ankle arthritis. The most common form of arthritis that directly affects the foot and ankle is known as osteoarthritis. It appears as a result of aging and is commonly referred to as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. As one gets older, the cartilage (covering) on the ends of your bones becomes worn and frayed leading to inflammation, swelling and joint pain. In addition, the ligaments that secure the bones and joints in place can face arthritis as well.
Symptoms of Ankle Arthritis
Signs and symptoms of ankle arthritis of the foot can be pain or tenderness, stiffness and/or limited motion present while walking.
Also, we point out that an injury to a joint, even if treated in a timely fashion, can cause osteoarthritis to appear possibly months or years down the road. These injuries can include a sprain, ligament damage or a fractured bone.
Treatment for Ankle Arthritis
To diagnose ankle arthritis, we establish your medical history, perform a physical exam and perform an analysis of your gait. By so doing, we can determine how the bones in your leg and feet line up while walking. Additionally, we might perform X-rays to reveal the spacing between the bones or the shape of the bones as well.
For treatment, we can offer anti-inflammatory medication, place some support in your shoe, design and have you wear a customized shoe, devise a brace or a cane to assist the patient, ongoing physical therapy, nutritional supplements or steroid medication. If these fail to resolve the underlying issues, surgery might be your next option depending on your situation. To be sure, we recommend that you make an appointment with us, a board certified foot and surgeon to explore your options towards reclaiming your mobility and alleviating pain. We want you to get rid of the pain associated with ankle arthritis.