My ankles are my weak spot and have been since I was a kid, yet I have played tennis, golf, and basketball my entire life of 72 years. I believe that my loose joints, including my ankles, have possibly helped me avoid knee problems. However, Father Time is taking his toll and I go through massaging, a naproxin ointment(I live in Mexico. You can’t get it in the US). I have also used a velcro figure eight elastic brace(not Ace bandage. I find them worthless) as a stabilizer and have hard orthotics in good Prince Viper shoes and have them adjusted annually.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 55. There are many different forms of arthritis, each of which has a different cause. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease), occurs following trauma to the joint, following an infection of the joint or simply as a result of aging and the deterioration of articular cartilage. Furthermore, there is emerging evidence that abnormal anatomy may contribute to early development of osteoarthritis. Other forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis , which are autoimmune diseases in which the body is attacking itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint that results in subsequent inflammation. Additionally, there is a less common form of gout that is caused by the formation of rhomboidal-shaped crystals of calcium pyrophosphate . This form of gout is known as pseudogout .