The foot and ankle are made up of more than 30 joints which enable a wide range of motion and flexibility. It is surrounded by tough bands of ligaments, tendons, and other structures that support mobility and other functions. Unfortunately, the foot and ankle are no exception when it comes to chronic conditions, such as arthritis.
Arthritis is a progressive and degenerative condition that can affect one or more joints in the body, including in the foot and ankle. Arthritis has over a hundred different forms, but the most common ones to cause ankle pain include osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
According to studies, approximately 90% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience pain and symptoms in the foot and ankle. Although symptomatic foot and ankle osteoarthritis is not as prevalent, it is still a burden for 15% of patients diagnosed with OA.
Learn everything you need about foot and ankle arthritis below一its types, causes, symptoms, and available treatment options.
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