Attack of the Ankle Arthritis

Close your eyes and think about someone with arthritis. What comes to mind?

You probably think of an old woman with deformed fingers and a hunched-over back. Many times arthritis shows up in people’s fingers and backs, but would you believe it can even show up in your ankles? When arthritis develops in your ankle, it can be really devastating. Whether it’s just going to the local grocery store or walking your dog in Kansas City, it can affect your every day activities.

So what is ankle arthritis? It is when your cartilage at the joint wears down, and it leads to pain from the motion of bone-on-bone, and often causes bone spurs to develop along the joint. As a result, it leads to inflammation and swelling in the soft tissues round the ankle.

How do you know if you are developing arthritis in your ankle? Symptoms may include:

• pain
• tenderness
• swelling
• stiffness around the ankle joint

There are many causes of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (normal wear and tear) is a common cause of arthritis in the ankle. Rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune) attacks the joints in your body, causing them to wear down. Lastly, an old injury can also trigger arthritis.

Does someone in your family have arthritis? If so, you could be more susceptible to genetic forms of arthritis. Are you overweight like many Americans? Obesity is also something that can lead to arthritis and certainly exaggerate the symptoms once arthritis develops.

What can you do if you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis in your ankle? The key is seeing an ankle specialist early on, before it becomes debilitating. The doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle offer many treatment options for arthritis that can save you from the pain you may be experiencing.

Our specialists will design a treatment option that is right for you. Treatment options can include:

• anti-inflammatory medication
• steroid injections
• custom-molded orthotics
• shoe gear accommodations
• physical therapy

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Kansas City Foot and Ankle can help reduce or eliminate your pain, make you more comfortable, and help you return to the activities you love. One of the WORST things you can do is just wait around to see if your arthritis gets better. You need to call Kansas City Foot and Ankle and schedule your appointment with our ankle specialist today! Arthritis DOES NOT get better on its own.