Ankle Arthritis

What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis?

Though osteoarthritis is more common in hips and knees, its symptoms are the same when in the ankle. Patients experience pain, inflammation, cartilage damage, and immobility, which can hinder a person’s lifestyle at work, home, and in recreational activities.

Recent research suggests that ankle sprains may predispose patients to osteoarthritis, increasing their likelihood of developing the disease in later years. Studies have found that roughly 18% of participants who had suffered and been treated for an ankle sprain were also suffering from arthritis and experiencing joint instability. Additionally, one particular study found that the average time between an ankle sprain and the development of arthritis is 21 years.

Our skilled team of specialty-trained foot and ankle doctors offer you the following tips for preventing and treating osteoarthritis:

  • Maintain a healthy weight to help reduce stress on the ankle
  • Wear inserts and braces to help stabilize the foot and take stress off the ankle
  • Perform ankle rehabilitation exercises even before injury to build strength and prevent ankle sprains or injuries from taking place
  • Take anti-inflammatory medicine after an ankle sprain to provide temporary relief
  • Discuss cortisone or steroid injections with your doctor to help reduce inflammation and provide relatively long-term pain relief
  • Follow your physical therapy program to help relieve stress and pain and strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Discuss surgical alternatives with your doctor, such as arthroscopy, fusion, and joint replacement, if conservative treatment options have failed to relieve your pain

If you have experienced an ankle sprain or other traumatic ankle injury, schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled and compassionate specialty-trained ankle doctors at Wisconsin Bone and Joint.

Our team is here for you

When conservative care and treatment is appropriate, we offer the best, least invasive, least aggressive treatment options to relieve your pain and discomfort. When an injury is more serious and conservative care is not an option, our orthopedic surgeons provide the latest in innovative surgical interventions available with the goal of getting you back to the life you love. Wisconsin Bone & Joint physicians offer orthopedic services at three convenient locations in Mayfair, Glendale and Cedarburg.