Osteoarthritis of the Ankle & Foot
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage damage, resulting in pain and swelling, and can sometimes cause bones to rub against each other as we move. Osteoarthritis not only affects the cartilage, but it can also harm the bones, ligaments, tendons, and joint lining.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES & RISK FACTORS?
Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 45. Women are more affected than men. The following factors are frequently associated with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis:
Being overweight or obese, having a family member with osteoarthritis, or having a condition affecting the joints, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.