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What Causes Ankle Arthritis?

Tuesday, 14 September 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 Francis Kania, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Westchester, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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