More than one kind of surgery may be required to treat foot and ankle osteoarthritis your doctor can select the kind of surgery that is best for you depending on the extent of your arthritis. Ankle pain and stiffness are classic signs of ankle osteoarthritis many people initially dismiss these symptoms attributing them to the results of aging or an old injury acting up left untreated however symptoms can gradually worsen and start to interfere with everyday activities. Ankle anatomy the ankle is composed of bones muscles tendons and ligaments that support the weight of your body and allow you to move read about the specific elements that make up your ankle. Proper treatment of foot and ankle arthritis addresses both pain and joint deformity pain develops when the joint is injured injury to the joint may result from swelling caused by inflammatory arthritis or from the loss of joint surface cartilage often caused by trauma. In diagnosing osteoarthritis the foot and ankle surgeon will examine the foot thoroughly looking for swelling in the joint limited mobility and pain with movement in some cases deformity and or enlargement spur of the joint may be noted
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