Ankle cartilage injuries
We’ll help you get back on your feet againJogging, climbing or hiking? No problem when your ankle is okay. But when ankle pain arises, you can no longer rely on your foot to take the strain. The culprit is often a cartilage injury in the upper ankle joint. If pieces of cartilage come off in the joint, this can cause the joint to weaken (arthritis).
At Schoen Clinic, we’ve set up our own foot consultation hours especially for this. During these hours, you’ll receive comprehensive advice from our specialists. Together, we’ll discuss which treatment is best for your symptoms.
Causes & symptoms
Why do we have cartilage?Your upper ankle joint is made up of three bones: the shin bone, the fibula and the ankle bone. It’s stabilised by the tendons and ligaments. Between your joint bones is a very smooth and elastic layer of joint cartilage. This ensures that your bones don’t painfully rub against each other and lets you move around smoothly.
Ankle cartilage injuries: potential causes
Local cartilage injuries of the ankle joint and general joint wear (arthritis) are different. Local cartilage injuries are often caused by circulatory disorders, joint developmental disorders or trauma due to rolling over on the joint or slipping. While local cartilage injuries predominantly affect younger people, arthritis is typically a disorder in the later stages of life.
Symptoms may be evident after an accident, particularly for athletes, or you may suddenly feel like the area around the ankle cartilage injury is blocked without an accident having happened. Even if the pain is tolerated well or intermittent, we recommend visiting a consultant as soon as possible.
Ankle cartilage injury: symptoms indicating an injurySymptoms vary according to the type of your cartilage injury. Not every cartilage injury causes pain, either, because the cartilage itself doesn’t have any pain fibres and therefore cannot feel anything.
With an advanced cartilage injury, every movement or step will cause pain. Sports are completely out of the question. A feeling of the area around your joint being blocked may also occur. This is a sign that pieces of cartilage have come loose from the joint surface and are blocking the joint, like a pebble between two gears.
In case of ankle pain, swelling, a limitation in movement and reduced endurance, we offer special foot consultation hours at Schoen Clinic.