Arthritis of the Ankle

Arthritis is a condition in which the joint or multiple joints experience inflammation and pain. Arthritis in the ankle is most commonly caused by wear and tear (osteoarthritis) over the years.  Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that affects the entire body, is another type of arthritis that can occur in the ankle.  The inside of the normal ankle joint is lined completely by smooth cartilage.  The arthritic ankle loses this smooth cartilage lining which normally allows for low friction and pain free weight bearing.  Once the cartilage lining is worn down completely, the underlying bone is exposed and becomes vulnerable for grinding bone to bone. 

 

Symptoms of Arthritis of the Ankle

  • Pain at the ankle joint
  • Swelling after prolonged weight bearing or exercise
  • Deformity can also be an occurrence

 

Risk Factors of Arthritis of the Ankle

  • Previous injury
  • Standing for long periods of time at work over several years
  • Chronic and recurrent inflammation (rheumatoid or gout arthritis)
  • Neurological condition such as polio or hereditary sensory and motor neuropathy
  • Being overweight

 

Preventative measures for Arthritis of the Ankle

  • Do not carry excess weight
  • Reduce heavy impact on the joint
  • Wear proper footwear

 

Treatment of Arthritis of the Ankle

ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving inflammation and pain without the use of medication.  Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients.  Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the patient back to a normal functioning and activity.