Ankle Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment
All joints can be impacted by arthritis, including the ankle joints. Inflammation or arthritis in the ankle joints can cause pain and limit mobility. The orthopedic physicians at DOCS Health offer advanced and effective ankle arthritis and osteoarthritis treatment for patients at our advanced care facility in Los Angeles.
There are over 100 varieties of arthritis or inflammation of the joints. Many of these types of arthritis can affect the ankle joint where the lower leg bones join with the foot bones. Some include rheumatoid arthritis and gout, as well as osteoarthritis. The main ankle joint is where the tibia, talus and fibula join together. When this joint becomes affected with arthritis, it can become painful, swollen, stiff and lose range of motion. Ankle arthritis and osteoarthritis treatments focus on relieving inflammation, minimizing cartilage damage, reducing pain and improving function or mobility.
Causes and Symptoms of Ankle Arthritis
There are many causes of arthritis in the ankle. Injuries and repetitive use can damage the cartilage in the ankle joint, causing pain and inflammation. Genetics and health conditions can also play a role in contributing to arthritis. Symptoms of ankle arthritis include:
- Tenderness or warmth to the touch
- Pain during movement and rest
- Joint stiffness
- Difficulty putting weight on the ankle or foot
- Swelling – especially when at rest
Arthritis can continue to worsen and results in lost cartilage and joint damage. While there is not a cure for arthritis, it can be treated, reducing pain, swelling and damage to the joint. Interventional, non-invasive treatments may include anti-inflammatory injections, physical therapy and oral medications. For severe cases, arthroscopic and surgical treatments could be necessary.
If you have symptoms of ankle arthritis, contact our orthopedic specialists at DOCS Health. We can schedule an examination and consultation to determine the best treatment plan to relieve pain and improve your mobility. Contact us at our medical center in Los Angeles to schedule your appointment.