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 more likely to occur in people with a history of ankle injury, especially fracutres.
Often, arthritis can be treated by taking care of yourself, taking pain medications or wearing supportive soft shoes. Occasionally, surgery is required.