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What Is Ankle Arthritis?
Ankle arthritis is a condition characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the cartilage in the ankle joint. Cartilage is a smooth, protective tissue that covers the ends of the bones and allows for smooth movement of the joint. When the cartilage in the ankle wears down or becomes damaged, it can lead to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
What Are The Different Types of Ankle Arthritis?
There are different types of ankle arthritis, including:
- Osteoarthritis: This is the most common type of ankle arthritis and typically occurs as a result of age-related wear and tear on the joint. It can also be caused by a previous injury or repetitive stress on the ankle joint.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: This is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joint tissues, including the ankle. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation, pain, and joint damage.
- Post-traumatic arthritis: This type of arthritis develops after a significant ankle injury, such as a fracture or severe sprain. The injury can damage the joint surfaces and lead to the development of arthritis over time.
What Are The Symptoms Of Ankle Arthritis?
Symptoms of ankle arthritis may include:
- Pain in the ankle joint, especially with movement or weight-bearing activities.
- Stiffness and reduced range of motion in the ankle.
- Swelling and tenderness around the joint.
- Difficulty walking or performing activities that require ankle movement.
- Joint deformity or instability in advanced cases.
Treatment for Ankle Arthritis