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How is ankle osteoarthritis diagnosed?

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To diagnose ankle osteoarthritis, your doctor will check your ankle for swelling and see how well it moves. He'll also check to see if you have any pain while you're moving it.

You'll get an X-ray of your ankle. If it shows the space between your bones is narrow, that could mean you've lost cartilage. The X-ray can also show a bone spur, a clue that you might have arthritis.

Occasionally doctors use other imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make pictures of the inside of your joint. You might also be asked to get a CT scan, which uses powerful X-rays to make detailed images of the ankle.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle," "Orthopaedics."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Ankle Arthritis," "Osteoarthritis of the Foot and Ankle."

CDC: "Arthritis."

Farshid Guilak, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Matthew M. Roberts, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

University of Washington Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: "Ankle Arthritis."

Valderrabano, V. , July 2009. Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 16, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle," "Orthopaedics."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Ankle Arthritis," "Osteoarthritis of the Foot and Ankle."

CDC: "Arthritis."

Farshid Guilak, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Matthew M. Roberts, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

University of Washington Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: "Ankle Arthritis."

Valderrabano, V. , July 2009. Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 16, 2017

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