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Ankle Pain/Arthritis

The word “arthritis” comes from “arth-” (joint) and “-itis” (inflammation), and it is a catch all term for a variety of conditions that lead to breakdown of the joints. The arthritis of wear-and-tear, or osteoarthritis, is especially common in the ankle because of the amount of use it sees. This means that the soft and smooth pads of cartilage on the ends of each bone, which rub against each other in normal joint movement, break down with time. They are replaced by bony material, and the damage from the friction leads to redness, swelling, and reduced function in the joint.