The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis or “wear-and-tear” arthritis, which becomes more prominent as people age. Osteoarthritis also can develop after the joint sustains an injury. Each foot has 28 bones and more than 30 joints. The most common foot joints that arthritis affects are:


Osteoarthritis of the ankle can be precipitated by previous trauma, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, etc. that place increased stress on the cartilage lining the ankle joints.  This cartilage breaks down and osteophytes or boney deposits may


Symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis often involve the following:


Procedural treatment for osteoarthritic joints include cortisone injections into the joint that can help decrease pain and inflammation.  Regenerative type injections such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are also being used experimentally to provide a healthier environment to promote healing in the degenerated joint.