Ankle Pain and Osteoarthritis in Manhattan, NY

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Inflammation in the ankle joint is categorized as arthritis. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common, with over 30 million people suffering from this disease in the US. Ankle arthritis and osteoarthritis can cause chronic pain and limit ankle and foot motion, resulting in less mobility. To manage ankle arthritis pain and functional issues, seek advanced treatment from Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan.


All joints in the body can be affected by osteoarthritis. It is more common for ankles that have sustained injuries in the past to have degenerative diseases and arthritis. Twisted, sprained, strained or broken ankle injuries may lead to osteoarthritis issues later in life. Other factors that can contribute to ankle arthritis and osteoarthritis can include obesity, wear/tear from sports, genetics and aging.

Ankle osteoarthritis affects the cartilage that protects the bones from friction during movement. Cartilage wears thin and ankle bones rub during movement, causing inflammation inside the joint. Osteoarthritis is degenerative, worsening with age. While not everyone with ankle arthritis experiences symptoms, those with chronic ankle joint deterioration may have swelling, pain and limited motion.

At Ospina Medical, we explore treatment options that can reduce ankle arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Our interventional pain physicians can recommend a treatment plan that will address your symptoms and give you relief. Steroid injections reduce inflammation for improved motion and less pain. We also offer interventional orthopedic therapy that can slow deterioration of your joints and reduce pain.

If you notice ankle stiffness, pain or swelling that is not due to a current injury, you may be suffering from ankle arthritis or osteoarthritis. Contact our team at Ospina Medical to schedule an exam for diagnosis and treatment of your painful ankle condition.

Ankle Pain FAQ

What is the difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a mechanical condition that is caused naturally through the normal wear and tear of your bones and cartilage. Alternatively, arthritis is not degenerative and can instead be caused by injury, genetics, infection, and other factors.

Is exercise helpful for osteoarthritis?

Certain forms of light exercise, such as walking, can be beneficial in keeping the joints loose and the muscles strong. This prevents osteoarthritis from further locking up your body, which can help you stay pain-free and comfortable.

What are the stages of osteoarthritis?

This condition can be broken down into four stages, each defined by its associated pain levels:

  • Stage 1: Minor pain
  • Stage 2: Mild pain and possible bone spurs
  • Stage 3: Moderate pain due to continued damage to the cartilage
  • Stage 4: Severe pain

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