Ankle Arthritis Treatment
Ankle arthritis is not as common as other forms of arthritis; however, it is still a painful condition for those affected. Arthritis is classified as an inflammation of a joint and can develop as a result of several factors, but most commonly occurs as a result of aging.
Patients with ankle arthritis may not experience any symptoms as the cartilage holding the joint together becomes damaged. As the condition progresses, symptoms usually worsen and may include pain, stiffness, swelling, instability, bone spurs, joint deformity and difficulty walking. If the nerves surrounding the joint become irritated as well, patients may experience numbness and tingling.
Treatment for ankle arthritis varies depending on its severity. Mild cases of ankle arthritis can often be remedied with cushioned shoe inserts, limiting impact activities, wearing a brace, cortisone injections, and anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery may be necessary for cases of ankle arthritis that do not respond to conservative treatment methods.