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Ankle Arthritis Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments in India

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Ankle Arthritis Overview:

Arthritis can be an unnerving condition to bear for the obvious reasons the inflammation found in the joints. It causes pinching pain along with the stiffness in the joints over our body. Unfortunately, this medical ailment is among the most common ailments found in the same small joints over ankle and foot. As per experts, three are more than thousand forms of arthritis and most of them deal with the pain related to ankle and foot. All these kinds can really make things difficult to walk and carry out a number of activities you enjoy.

Causes:

The real cause of ankle arthritis is not often known, however the ones caused due to trauma or with any underlying medical condition, it is termed as primary ankle arthritis. These simply account for not less than 10 percent of the ankle arthritis cases. A number of people with this issue simply tend to fall under the old age group, so age is also one of the common causes of ankle arthritis along with other issues like obesity and family history.

Symptoms

The symptoms of arthritis can vary from one patient to the other as per the joints affected with this ailment. In a number of cases, these are inflamed and painful. Some of the common symptoms are under:

  • Pain along with motion
  • Pain getting flared up with extreme activities
  • Tenderness with applied pressure over the joint
  • Joint swelling, redness and warmth
  • Increased amount of pain swelling during the morning time after resting or sitting
  • Difficult while walking and getting any of the above discussed symptoms
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Diagnosis

The diagnosis of ankle arthritis can be carried out with a combination of physical examination X rays or several other imaging tests. The diagnostic tests can include X rays, MRI/CT Scan for any unusual condition. On having ankle arthritis systemic condition, blood tests can be used for the diagnosis. At times, a bone scan is also carried out, while the other tests include injection over the joints.

Treatment Options:  -Nonsurgical Options:

1) Oral anti-inflammatory medication

The Oral anti-inflammatory medications are one of the treatment options for ankle arthritis, which can help in reducing the swelling and thus relieve the pain. Also, cortisone can be called an effective anti-inflammatory agent, which can be easily injected over the affected arthritic joints. You may find a relief, but more often it is temporary.

2) Physical therapy

There are certain exercises that can help in boosting up the motion range along with the flexibility and empowering the muscles over your ankle and foot. Your doctor/physical therapist can really help in developing a personal exercise program as per meeting up the lifestyle requirements.

3) Custom foot orthotics

These are custom made inserts for your shoes that are developed to address a number of foot and lower body conditions. These are meant to absorb the wear and tear over the foot and prevent the soft tissue denegation. These help in reducing the back pain, issues in the knee and diabetic ulcers.

4) Custom ankle brace

Braces help in managing the symptoms of ankle arthritis along with managing the acute conditions of arthritis. This can reduce the motion over the joint and thus off load even some amount of stress in it.

5) Custom ankle foot orthotic

It is a custom made device, which help in regulating excessive amount of supination and pronation while you carry out a number of physical activities like running, cycling and walking. These devices help in controlling the stabilizing the mechanics of your body.

6) Cortisone injection

These powerful medications are consumed by the patients of this ailment via injections and thus getting quicker relief at the tendons, bursa and inflamed joints. These often give a good amount of pain relief with a little bit of discomfort.

7) PRP injection

The PRP injections are nothing but medication, which hep in adding up more platelets than the usual found in our blood. By doing this, you can eventually help in reducing the symptoms of ankle arthritis.

Surgical Options

There are basically two types of surgical procedures, which are further classified into further options:

1) Joint Sparing Procedure:

  1. i) Arthroscopic Debridement: This surgical procedure simply helpful in treating the ankle arthritis in the initial stage. This procedure helps in removing the loose cartilage, the inflamed synovial tissues, along with the bone spurs from over the joint.
  2. ii) Exostectomy: It is among fruitful procedures and fit for the significantly less obese kind of person giving quicker results.

iii) Arthrodiastasis: This procedure helps in fusing a number of bones found in the joint completely and thus making it continuous bone among the two or more bones. This procedure helps in reducing the pain by reducing the motion over the arthritic joints.

2) Joint Destructive Procedures:

  1. i) Ankle Fusion (Ankle Arthrodesis): This surgical procedure is fit for people with a condition known as degenerative arthritis, which helps in reducing the symptoms of the same.
  2. ii) Ankle Replacement: This surgery helps in replacing the damaged bone along with the cartilages of ankle joints. The artificial joint parts are often used to replace your the bones.

Why Choose an Indian Hospital for Ankle Arthritis Surgery?

India has become one of the best destinations for medical tourists coming for various ailments, which certainly include Ankle arthritis surgery. Thanks to the best hospitals in India which are known to have one of the best and high end machines and facilities that help in treating and carrying out surgical procedures the best. The orthopaedic surgeries in these Indian hospitals are at par in terms of experience and skill sets that are known for higher success rates tolling to 99 percent.

Ankle Arthritis Surgery Cost in India

One of the striking feature of Ankle Arthritis Surgery in India is the reasonably lower cost compared to the ones carried out in the US or UK. The considerably low cost Ankle Arthritis Surgery in India helps the patients across the globe to make considerable savings when they choose India to get all their medical needs.

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FAQ’s

What Is Ankle Arthritis?

Ankle Arthritis is a condition where the ankle joint cartilage becomes degenerated. The ankle cartilage, which is supposed to be a smooth gliding surface, becomes eroded, coarse and stiff. The ankle joint can become enlarged and full of bone spurs. The ankle joint is responsible for up and down motion of the foot, and is made up of the two leg bones (tibia and fibula) and one foot bone (talus). Ankle arthritis can be painful and interferes with everyday life.

What Are The Symptoms Of Ankle Arthritis?

Patients with ankle arthritis have varying degrees of symptoms, which often correlate with the extent of the arthritic degeneration. Typically the symptoms involve pain, swelling and stiffness. Arthritic pain may flare after periods of inactivity (such as getting out of bed in the morning, or after a standing up after a sitting for a while). As the joint loosen up with activity, the pain may decrease as the day progresses. The pain may be deep and intense to superficial and achy.

 

Movement of an arthritic ankle joint can result in a clicking or grinding sensation, medically known as crepitus. In more advanced cases, the ankle joint develops bone spurs (aka arthritic bone spurs) – which is the body’s mechanism for blocking the painful arthritic motion.

When to Seek Treatment?

Patients with ankle arthritis seek treatment for some, if not all, of the following reasons: pain, interfering with simple walking, affecting activities, grinding sensation in ankle, enlargement of the ankle, swelling, and/or a change in the structural architecture of the ankle and/or foot.

What are the Treatments for Ankle Arthritis?

Depending on your overall health, symptoms and severity of the ankle arthritis, treatment can be conservative and/or with surgery.

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