Ankle Arthritis Specialist

Richard de Asla, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon Located At Naples Community Hospital In Naples, FL

Ankle arthritis is a progressive and unrelenting condition that can make even simple activities like walking the dog or climbing a flight of stairs very difficult. If you've tried various forms of care to relieve pain caused by ankle arthritis, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Richard J. de Asla, MD, and the team at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida, proudly offer safe, effective treatments for ankle arthritis. To request your on-site consultation, call the office today.

Ankle Arthritis Q & A

What is ankle arthritis?

Arthritis is a blanket term used to describe more than 100 different diseases that cause pain and swelling in your joints that result from the loss of joint cartilage. 

The two most common types of ankle arthritis are post-traumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Post-traumatic arthritis occurs as a result of your cartilage –– a soft-cushion-like substance that pads your joints –– breaking down as a result of a prior injury. Sometimes the injury (such as a very bad sprain or prior ankle fracture) may have occurred decades before symptoms start. 

Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack the lining of your joints, known as synovium. The intense inflammatory process that results injures the cartilage. As more of your cartilage deteriorates, the greater the inflammatory response, causing pain, stiffness, and impaired function. 

There's no cure for ankle arthritis, but there are a variety of treatments that can reduce the symptoms of the disease. If you suspect you're suffering from ankle arthritis, make an appointment with Richard J. de Asla, MD, today. 

What are the symptoms of ankle arthritis?

The symptoms of ankle arthritis vary from person to person and depend on the severity of the condition. However, common telltale signs include:

  • Pain with weight-bearing activity
  • Pain that flares up after exercise
  • Joint tenderness and swelling

If you have ankle arthritis, you might also notice that you experience pain first thing in the morning or after long periods of rest. 

How is ankle arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose ankle arthritis, Dr. de Asla conducts a thorough history and physical examination. 

During this exam, he also asks you questions about your symptoms, activity level, activity type, and gets a sense of your goals and expectations. Next, he examines your foot and ankle. Last but not least, Dr. de Asla does a gait analysis and takes a series of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet and ankles. 

After gathering all of this information, you and Dr. de Asla develop a treatment plan designed to meet your expectations. 

How is ankle arthritis treated?

Treatment for ankle arthritis depends on the severity of your symptoms. However, if possible, Dr. de Asla recommends conservative measures of care first. If you're suffering from a mild or moderate case of ankle arthritis, Dr. de Asla might recommend oral anti-inflammatory medication, bracing, or orthotics, physical therapy, or discuss injection options. 

However, if your symptoms worsen a point adversely affecting your quality of life, then surgical intervention may be necessary to achieve pain relief. Dr. de Asla has over a decade of experience performing ankle replacement surgery. He performed the Massachusetts General Hospital’s first ankle replacement in April 2010.

If ankle arthritis is negatively affecting your quality of life, make an appointment with Richard J. de Asla, MD, today by calling the office. It's the first step toward a more active and improved quality of life. 

For more information about foot and ankle arthritis, visit the sites below:

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