Arthritis is a general term meaning “joint inflammation.” This inflammation occurs in and around the body’s joints and soft tissues. It can cause pain and stiffness. Joint deterioration can also be present in some types of arthritis. This deterioration is caused when the cushioning between the joints is lost and, as a result, bones rub against each other. Arthritis can be painful, resulting in limited motion, loss of joint function, and deformities in the joints affected.
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints, common in the small joints that make up the foot. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, the major types of arthritis that affect the foot and ankle are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis.
Many nonsurgical options exist for the treatment of ankle osteoarthritis. These nonsurgical methods include:
If surgery is required, your doctor will discuss the best option for you and your present circumstances. More than one kind of surgery may be required depending on the extent of your arthritis. These types of surgery can include fusion surgery, which involves fusing bones together using rods, pins, screws, or plates, and joint replacement surgery that replaces the ankle joint with artificial implants and ankle arthroscopy is used to both diagnoses the problem and clean out the joint utilizing a camera.