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What Causes Ankle Arthritis?

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

Ankle arthritis is caused by damage to the cartilage, which covers the ends of the bones that make up the ankle joint. Cartilage provides a smooth, cushioned surface for the bones to move along, and when it deteriorates, symptoms like joint pain and stiffness follow. There are several processes that can damage or deteriorate the cartilage in the ankle joint. Major ankle injuries, such as ankle fractures, can greatly increase the risk of developing ankle arthritis. More minor, but repetitive trauma to the joint from sprains or chronic instability can have a similar effect. Improper foot biomechanics from flat feet, high arches, and other deformities, can make the cartilage wear away over time. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition, can damage the cartilage through inflammation of the lining of the joint. Gout, pseudogout, and infectious arthritis can also damage the cartilage. If you are suffering from joint stiffness, pain, or reduced mobility in your ankles, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Flowery Branch, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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