Ankle arthritis or osteoarthritis is pain in the ankle caused by long-term wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is a process where the cartilage, or smooth surface lining the joint is rubbed away. Once this occurs, the underlying bone is irritated and becomes inflamed and painful.
Ankle arthritis is very common, espeically in elderly people. It is however much less common than hip and knee arthritis, and is more likely to occur in those who have previous injury to the ankle, including fractures, rheumatoid arthritis.
Often, arthritis can be treated by taking care of yourself, taking pain-relief medications or wearing supportive soft shoes. Occasionally, surgery is required to relieve pain and facillitate walking.