Ankle Osteoarthritis: Introduction
Ankle Osteoarthritis: A form of arthritis where the cartilage which cushions the bones in the ankle joint as they move against each other, becomes progressively degraded and damaged. This causes problems such as pain, stiffness and impaired movement. Pain is not present in all cases however, with some patients imply suffering joint stiffness. Primary osteoarthritis occurs as the person ages but results from repetitive use and/or high mechanical stress on the joint. It is not a direct result of the aging process. Secondary osteoarthritis is the result of such things as injury to the joint, joint infection, obesity, ligament damage, joint overuse, hormonal problems, pregnancy and various other conditions. Family history seem to play a factor in developing the condition.
More detailed information about the symptoms,
causes, and treatments of Ankle Osteoarthritis is available below.
Symptoms of Ankle Osteoarthritis
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symptoms of Ankle Osteoarthritis
Treatments for Ankle Osteoarthritis
- The damage is irreversible and treatment is aimed managing the pain, maintaining mobility of the joint and slowing the progression of the condition. Painkillers, anti-inflammatories, exercise and reducing stress on the joint may help alleviate symptoms. Studies have shown no conclusive benefits of supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin but some people may find they help. Joint replacement surgery may be required in severe cases that involve joints such as the hip or knee
- Treatment for osteoarthritis of the ankle depends on the severity of the symptoms, and the patients' age, general health and other medical conditions. Treatment is aimed at symptom control and modification of disease progression. Treatments include:
- Explanation - Education plays an important role in arthritis management
- Rest - during bouts of active inflammation
- Exercise - graduated exercise program recommended to maintain good joint function, especially in osteoarthritis
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Causes of Ankle Osteoarthritis
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Ankle Osteoarthritis: Undiagnosed Conditions
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Ankle Osteoarthritis: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Hospitals & Clinics: Ankle Osteoarthritis
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Ankle Osteoarthritis: Rare Types
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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Ankle Osteoarthritis
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Prognosis for Ankle Osteoarthritis
Prognosis for Ankle Osteoarthritis:
Varies considerable - some cases progress intermittently whereas others stabilize for long periods of time.
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Research about Ankle Osteoarthritis
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