A member asked:

I know this dude who has ankle arthritis. what is that?

7 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Kirt Kimball answered

Specializes in

Painful ankle: Many causes of arthritis in ankle or any joint. Can be the result of wear and tear, njury or various diseases. The treatment depends on the cause and the severity of symptoms.

Answered 7/2/2015


Dr. Robert Leland answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Loss of cartilage: Arthritis is loss of articular (joint) cartilage and the inflammation that accompanies it.

Answered 7/4/2012


Dr. Jeffery VanYperen answered

Specializes in Podiatry

The Dude: If the dude in question has ankle arthritis, it is loss of cartilage, usually accompanied by bone spurring. If the joint is painful, stiff, and swollen for long periods of time, it is usually a result of arthritis. It can be caused by normal wear and tear (just like arthritis in the knee or hip). The leading cause of arthritis in the ankle is previous trauma.

Answered 10/4/2016



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