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Causes of Ankle Arthritis

Ankle osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition, often stems from various factors, including trauma such as ankle fractures and chronic cell death. When an ankle fracture occurs, it can disrupt the normal alignment and function of the joint, leading to accelerated wear and tear on the cartilage, a cushioning tissue that covers the ends of bones. This increased stress can trigger the development of osteoarthritis over time. Chronic cell death, also known as apoptosis, can contribute to the breakdown of joint tissues in the ankle. Factors including aging, genetics, and repetitive stress can induce apoptosis in the cartilage cells, compromising their ability to maintain healthy joint function. If you have chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment that can provide relief.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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