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What causes ankle osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis of the ankle, unlike other parts of the body, isn't the wear and tear kind that goes along with aging. Instead, it's almost always due to an injury. You might hear your doctor call it post-traumatic arthritis.

You can get ankle osteoarthritis after one injury, like a fracture. Or you can get it after many injuries over time, like repeated sprains.

If you're flat-footed, bow-legged, or knock-kneed, or if you have high arches, you might also get ankle osteoarthritis, because these conditions put extra strain on your joints.

From: How Osteoarthritis Hurts Ankles WebMD Medical Reference

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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