What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that commonly affects the elderly and can involve almost any joint in the body. The main symptom associated with arthritis is pain, which can be acute or chronic.

Acute pain in arthritis is usually temporary and goes away after resting. On the other hand, chronic pain does not easily go away. In chronic pain, the weight bearing joints are typically affected. This includes the joints between the shin bone and ankle bone or better known as tibiotalar joint.

In the elderly, ankle arthritis is frequent because of the natural degeneration of the joints that occur with aging. At the tip of each bone is found a special tissue called cartilage bone. Each joint has this type of bone and it has a very smooth surface. With age, the smooth surface gradually loses this smoothness and this is the cause of the arthritis pain. In worse cases, some patients have totally worn out the cartilages and the actual bones are rubbing against each other. This can cause severe pain.

In the younger age group, the cause of arthritis pain is usually due to a previous joint injury. Frequent sprains can lead to damage to the cartilage and a condition called osteochrondritis dissecans. It occurs when a piece of cartilage, along with a thin layer of bone below it, comes loose from the bone ends. Being overweight can also put too much stress to the joints and the cartilages get to rub hard at each other because of the weight.

Family Foot and Leg Center is a medical center specializing in healing health issues with lower leg and ankle. Come to us to get treatment for all your foot and lower leg disorders or obtain information about our practices at www.FamilyFootandLegCenter.com



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