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What is osteoarthritis of the ankle?



Osteoarthritis of the ankle is a degenerative condition of the ankle which is characterised by a loss in the tissue known as articular cartilage which lines most joints. As the condition progresses, extra bone is often formed within the joint and these bony growths are called osteophytes. Physiotherapy is an excellent treatment for osteoarthritis of the ankle.


How does osteoarthritis of the ankle happen?



The most common cause of osteoarthritis of the ankle is following an injury such as a fracture or a number of previous sprains. This is known as secondary osteoarthritis. Poor foot biomechanics including abnormal arches, can also lead to osteoarthritis of the ankle.


What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the ankle?



Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms of osteoarthritis of the ankle. If osteophytes have developed, you may notice a deformity over the ankle joint. Clicking and grating noises when the ankle is moved is also a common complaint of osteoarthritis of the ankle. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have osteoarthritis of the ankle?



If you recognise symptoms of osteoarthritis of the ankle, you should see a physiotherapist as soon as possible. A physiotherapy assessment will help to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and help to minimise your symptoms with a tailored rehabilitation programme. You made need to have an X-ray to determine the exact location and stage of the osteoarthritis.


What shouldn’t I do if I have osteoarthritis of the ankle?



You should not ignore your symptoms or try and treat the condition yourself as this could cause further damage and delay your recovery.


Physiotherapy treatment following osteoarthritis of the ankle.



Physiotherapy can successfully treat osteoarthritis of the ankle. Your programme will depend on the severity of your condition and your personal goals. Potential treatment includes:

Could there be any long-term effects from osteoarthritis of the ankle?



Osteoarthritis of the ankle is degenerative and therefore the progression cannot be reversed. However, a personalised physiotherapy programme can help you continue with a healthy and active lifestyle and minimise your symptoms.

To arrange a physiotherapy assessment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.


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