Why does my ankle hurt more often as I’m getting older?

Why Does My Ankle Hurt

If you haven’t injured your ankle but still feel pain, then you’re probably wondering why your ankle hurts. As you’re getting older, the wear and tear on your joints like the ankle can worsen. This could lead to osteoarthritis, a joint disease that occurs over time. There are a few early signs to look out for that may signal you’re developing osteoarthritis. 

Are you wondering why your ankle hurts as you’re getting older? Physical therapy can help slow the progression of osteoarthritis and help manage your symptoms. 

What are some signs of osteoarthritis? 

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in a joint is deteriorated over time. The cartilage helps aid movement in your joints, so when it breaks down you may experience more friction in the affected joint. 

There are a few symptoms to look out for that can point to osteoarthritis. The most common symptom is pain and tenderness in a joint that wasn’t caused by an injury. The lack of cartilage may also cause your joints to feel more stiff, causing a loss in your flexibility. Also, if you notice your ankle is more tender after running or other physical activity, this could be explained by the increased friction in the joint. 

What are some risk factors for osteoarthritis?

  • Aging.
  • Obesity.
  • Repetitive stress on joints.
  • Joint injuries.

If you think you’re suffering from osteoarthritis, Whatcom Physical Therapy can help provide you relief

Are you wondering if osteoarthritis could be the reason why your ankle hurts? As you get older, your risk for osteoarthritis increases since you sustain more wear and tear on your joints. The good news is that physical therapy can help manage your ankle pain. Our team at Whatcom Physical Therapy has years of experience in treating ankle pain. We can help you determine why your ankle hurts and build you a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.

Contact our team today for more information about ankle pain or to schedule an initial appointment.