DIAGNOSING ANKLE ARTHRITIS
Dr. Chu will discuss your overall health and medical history and ask about any medications you may be taking. He will examine your ankle for tenderness and swelling and closely observe your gait to assess pain, stiffness, how the bones line up, stride and strength.
He will ask questions to understand more about your symptoms. These questions may include:
- When did the pain start?
- Where exactly is the pain? Does it occur in one ankle or both?
- When does the pain occur? Is it continuous, or does it come and go?
- Is the pain worse in the morning or at night? Does it get worse when walking or running?
- Have there been previous injuries to the ankle? When did it occur, and how was it treated?
- X-rays may be taken to allow him to diagnose the severity of arthritis and any joint deformity associated with it. In some cases, a bone scan, CT scan or MRI may be necessary to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues.
If rheumatoid arthritis is suspected, Dr. Chu may refer you to a rheumatologist who will be able to determine the specific diagnosis.