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Causes of Ankle Arthritis

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Ankle osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition, often stems from various factors, including trauma such as ankle fractures and chronic cell death. When an ankle fracture occurs, it can disrupt the normal alignment and function of the joint, leading to accelerated wear and tear on the cartilage, a cushioning tissue that covers the ends of bones. This increased stress can trigger the development of osteoarthritis over time. Chronic cell death, also known as apoptosis, can contribute to the breakdown of joint tissues in the ankle. Factors including aging, genetics, and repetitive stress can induce apoptosis in the cartilage cells, compromising their ability to maintain healthy joint function. If you have chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment that can provide relief.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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