Ankle Arthritis: What You Can Do About It
Arthritis in the joints at the ankle often stems from a previous injury, like a sprain or fracture.

Ankle Arthritis: What You Can Do About It

Arthritis in the ankle can make walking difficult, especially on uneven surfaces. Both nonsurgical and surgical measures can ease pain.

For being relatively small joints, your ankles do a big job. They support your weight and absorb more force per square centimeter than any other joint. You might think this would make them especially susceptible to osteoarthritis, in which cartilage (the cushioning material between bones at joints) deteriorates over time. Yet osteoarthritis from normal activity is far less common in ankles than it is in hips and knees.

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    Ankle Arthritis: What You Can Do About It

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    For being relatively small joints, your ankles do a big job. They support your weight and absorb more force per square centimeter than any other joint. You might think this would make them especially susceptible to osteoarthritis, in which cartilage (the cushioning material between...

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