Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
Don’t Let Joint Pain Rule Your Life
One common type of foot and ankle condition is arthritis. As people age, the cartilage that once served as a shock absorber for the body’s joints begins to wear away. This deterioration causes the ankle and foot bones to rub against each other, resulting in inflammation, pain and stiffness within one or more joints and its surrounding soft tissue.
There are over 100 forms of arthritis that exist, with the small joints of the feet and ankles enduring the condition often.
The three forms of arthritis that most commonly affect the foot and ankle are:
- Osteoarthritis. An age-related degenerative disease where consistent wear-and-tear causes stiffness to slowly occur.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis. A system-wide autoimmune disease that attacks multiple joints and destroys the body’s cartilage.
- Post-traumatic Arthritis. Initiated by a foot and ankle injury, sprain or fracture, post-traumatic arthritis develops slowly in the affected joint.