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Ankle osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis of the ankle?

The ankle joint is really two joints - a hinge joint that allows the foot to move up and down, and a joint below this that allows the ankle to move from side to side. 

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage that lines the joint surfaces becomes worn over time, and this interferes with the smooth movement of the joint. 

How do we treat osteoarthritis at the Mansfield Clinic?

Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition which cannot be cured, but it doesn't necessarily get any worse over time and it can sometimes gradually improve. A number of treatments are available to reduce the symptoms. Dr Allfree may choose to use one or more of the following treatment strategies to help your joint pain:

  • painkilling medication 
  • a structured supervised exercise plan
  • steroid injections into the ankle joints can help
  • in osteoarthritis of mild to moderate severity, hyalgan injections into the joint may be beneficial
  • In a small number of cases, where the above treatments haven't helped or the damage to the joints is particularly severe, surgical advice may be required, to determine whether joint replacement, or other surgical procedure, is warranted.

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