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Doctor insights on: Ankle Arthritis

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
65 doctors shared insights

Ankle Arthritis (Overview)

The most common type of arthritis that occurs specifically in the ankle is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. It happens as people get older and as inflammation to the joint in the ankle causes a breakdown of the tissues. This causes pain and swelling.


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What are the core symptoms of ankle arthritis?

What are the core symptoms of ankle arthritis?

Pain: Arthritic ankles are usually painful, swollen and may develop stiffness or loss of motion. Sometimes they "lock" pop or feel notable. Often symptoms are aggravated by weight bearing. ...Read more

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
65 doctors shared insights

Ankle Arthritis (Overview)

The most common type of arthritis that occurs specifically in the ankle is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. It happens as people get older and as inflammation to the joint in the ankle causes a breakdown of the tissues. This causes pain and swelling.


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Back pain (Tip)

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Is it curable? When do you recommend epidural shots or surgery? Are they effective? Do I have arthritis? ...See more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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How does having ankle arthritis change things?

Compensation: Your body compensates for the ankle pain by changing where the major of force impacts the ankle joint, which leads to further joint destruction over time in the foot joints. You also have different pressure points (a change in normal pressure locations) in the ankle joint which causes further arthritis to develop within the ankle. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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What sort of problem is ankle arthritis?

What sort of problem is ankle arthritis?

Degenerative : Ankle arthritis is degeneration of the cartilage (the smooth gliding surface of the joint) in the ankle. This can happens because of traumatic injury, longstanding instability, rheumatoid or other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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How does having ankle arthritis change things?

Compensation: Your body compensates for the ankle pain by changing where the major of force impacts the ankle joint, which leads to further joint destruction over time in the foot joints. You also have different pressure points (a change in normal pressure locations) in the ankle joint which causes further arthritis to develop within the ankle. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
2,357 doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
1,461 doctors shared insights

Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more