Osteoarthritis of the ankle
What is osteoarthritis of the ankle?
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints; the joint affected in osteoarthritis of the ankle is where the talus (the ankle bone) meets the tibia (the larger of the two bones in the lower leg). Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease; this means that over time the condition will get worse.
What causes osteoarthritis of the ankle?
Osteoarthritis of the ankle occurs when the cartilage that sits between the talus and the tibia is broken down, eventually the cartilage is worn completely away and the bone rubs against other bone ' and this causes damage. Typically a person who suffers from osteoarthritis of the ankle will have a history of trauma to the ankle, even if this was many years ago. Other contributing risk factors for the development of osteoarthritis of the ankle include:
- Being over-weight
- Poor biomechanics of the foot and ankle
- Conditions and diseases associated with arthritis
What are the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the ankle?
The signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the ankle include:
- Difficulty walking
- Reduced range of movement
How is osteoarthritis of the ankle diagnosed?
Osteoarthritis of the ankle is diagnosed based on a history and an examination. An X-ray may be requested to confirm the diagnosis
Benefits of podiatry for osteoarthritis of the ankle
If you have osteoarthritis of the ankle you will experience pain and stiffness at the ankle joint. The pain experienced is caused by inflammation, and the stiffness is due to deterioration of the joint. The benefits of podiatry assessment and treatment for osteoarthritis of the ankle are as follows:
- Decrease in pain
- Increase in range of motion
- Increased ankle strength
- Increase in foot and ankle function
- Improved gait
What would podiatry for osteoarthritis of the ankle involve?
It is important to understand that osteoarthritis is a progressive condition, and it may not be possible to regain the full function that you once had. At Chiropody.co.uk we will use conservative treatments that will aim to improve the function that you do have, which may reduce your need for invasive surgery. Treatment options for osteoarthritis of the ankle may include:
- Anti-inflammatory advice
- Strengthening Exercises
- Stretching Programmes
- Range of motion exercises
- Joint mobilisation
- Heel raises/wedges
- Steroid injections
- Advice and education
- Footwear review
- Biomechanical assessments
- Heat treatment
Osteoarthritis of the ankle describes a painful, progressive and restrictive joint disease. Osteoarthritis of the ankle is characterised by the wearing down of the cartilage that sits between the ankle bone and the leg.
Our podiatrists here at Chiropody.co.uk can help you if you have osteoarthritis of the ankle by providing you with a treatment plan that will aim to reduce any pain that you are experiencing at your ankle, as well as to improve the function of the ankle joint; allowing you to walk and continue with your daily activities more easily.
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