Why Do Younger People Get Ankle Arthritis?
Ankle arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the ankle joint that in most cases results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion. Ankle arthritis like many other types of arthritis is a condition that is thought to affect older adults however, it is important to note that there is no age limit and young people can experience this painful condition. Ankle arthritis is caused by a multitude of things. In fact there are over a hundred different types of arthritis. People can experience arthritic conditions caused by certain systemic disorders while others may experience arthritis from traumatic type of arthritis caused simply by an injury.
Ankle arthritis experienced the most by younger people is caused from repetitive traumatic events to the ankle (multiple ankle sprains). Most are related to a twisting injury which damages cartilage within the ankle joint. Over time with multiple sprains the damaged cartilage will erode off the bone causing bone to bone contact, resulting in pain. This condition is often referred to as osteochondritis dessicans.
Osteochondritis causes stiffness, swelling, and pain in the ankle joint. Patients who are experiencing this will usually complain of the above symptoms along with ankle instability and popping within the ankle joint. Some may experience a chronic dull aching pain within the ankle.
Ankle sprains as well as any other traumatic events to the ankle joints should never be ignored. It is of critical importance for all parents with their young to not ignore any type of injury to their little sports star. Untreated injuries of the ankle can lead up to chronic instability and eventual arthritis of the ankle joint which can lead to chronic pain and disability.
If you feel your child is experiencing pain from an ankle injury or any type of foot injury don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists here at Atlantic Foot and Ankle also learn more at: http://www.atlanticfeet.com/disorders.php. We have years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle.