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Ankle pain could be arthritis

6:23 PM, Feb. 4, 2013
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Q: When I wake up in the morning, I can hardly stand up when I get out of bed I have so much pain in my ankles. It takes me awhile to get moving. After I'm up and about for awhile, the pain starts to go away. Could this be arthritis? If it is, what can be done to treat it?

A: Ankle arthritis is less prevalent than knee or hip arthritis. It is estimated to affect nearly 1 percent of the population (versus 6 percent for knee arthritis). It can, however, be quite debilitating for many patients. As seen with arthritis in other joints, cartilage degeneration leads to stiffness, swelling and pain with motion. ...

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