Total Ankle Replacement?
Understand your ankle pain
Ankle arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage between bones gradually wears down, causing bones to rub together. This bone-on-bone contact causes pain and makes it more difficult to move. Ankle arthritis can range from less severe to more severe.
Symptoms of ankle arthritis
- Tenderness or pain
- Reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight
Main causes of ankle arthritis
- Previous injuries: Either a single trauma or a series of small, repeated injuries, such as isolated sprains and strains endured over years of exercising and activity
- Osteoarthritis (OA): Results from aging and gradual wear on the ankle over time
- Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA): An autoimmune disease causing joint inflammation
Unlike arthritis in hips and knees, over 80% of ankle arthritis is post traumatic or from previous injuries.1
- Brown et al, JOT 2006. 3. CJRR 2006-7.
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