In this article, we’ll learn about how you can alleviate your foot and ankle arthritis pain. 

Although most people imagine arthritis appears solely with age, this is not always the case. Some people may develop arthritis at an early age. Additionally, arthritis can affect a variety of bones. Not all those with arthritis experience the same joint pain and area of aching.

Arthritis is especially common in small bones, such as those found in your foot and ankle. But, do not let the joint pain get you down! Despite the fact that there is no cure for arthritis, there are pain relief options out there that can help you get back on your feet (with less pain or even pain-free)!

So, if you think you are experiencing arthritis in your foot and ankle, keep reading to learn more about the symptoms and pain relief options. Also, I would suggest discussing your joint pain with a doctor.

The article features pain relief options, including our Top 3 Ankle Braces for Arthritis!

What Is Arthritis In The Ankle?

Arthritis in the ankle is caused when there is inflammation of your joint. Because arthritis is most common amongst small joints, it is typical to experience arthritis in the foot and ankle, causing pain and stiffness.

Although there are many types of arthritis, certain types are more prevalent than others and can cause more or less pain. However, there are treatment options for all types.

Our Top 3 Ankle Braces for Arthritis

Ankle braces/sleeves are a good pain relief device for those suffering from joint pain due to arthritis. An ankle sleeve can provide compression that reduces joint swelling in order to alleviate pain.

Below is a list of our top 3 ankle brace/sleeve options for arthritis in the foot and ankle:


1. Bauerfeind MalleoTrain Ankle Support

This Bauerfeind sleeve is ideal for improving blood circulation and reducing swelling. So, if you have joint pain and swelling from your arthritis, this sleeve could be the perfect option for you!

Also, it is made from high-quality viscoelastic material and is even machine washable. Additionally, it is available in 3 colors, (black, nature, and titanium) so you can pick the right style for you!

Read Our Full Bauerfeind Malleo Ankle Support Review!


2. Liomor Ankle Support Breathable Ankle Brace

The Liomor Ankle Brace is unique in that it features an open heel design. Thus, you can still maintain full flexibility while minimizing your arthritis related symptoms. Additionally, because you can strap this brace on, you have the ability to adjust the compression to your desired snugness.

Read Our Liomor Ankle Brace Review



3. Sleeve Stars Plantar Fasciitis Foot Sleeve with Ankle Brace Strap

This sleeve provides compression to help stimulate blood flow and is especially ideal for those with plantar fasciitis. However, the sleeve works great to reduce ankle joint pain and arthritic pain as well.

Read our Sleeve Stars Ankle Brace Review Here


What Are The Most Common Types of Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle?

There are three main types of arthritis that are common in the foot and ankle.

These include:

1. Osteoarthritis:

This type of arthritis is common in those after reaching middle age, as it is known as degenerative or “wear-and-tear” arthritis. (However, it could occur in young people as well, but that is less common). This type of arthritis results in the bone on bone rubbing due to the wearing away of cartilage. As a result, you could develop painful bone spurs. Furthermore, this type of arthritis worsens with time and is more prevalent in those that are obese and have family history of osteoarthritis.


2. Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Unlike the other types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. So, the immune system attacks its own tissues covering the joint, which causes it to swell and eventually damages the bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and can even lead to deformities. Typically rheumatoid arthritis begins in the foot and ankle and is symmetrical, affecting the same joint on both sides of the body.


3. Posttraumatic Arthritis:

This type of arthritis is fairly self-explanatory by its name. It develops after having already undergone an injury to the foot or ankle. Usually injuries that affect the joint, such as dislocations and fractures, will be most likely to result in the development of posttraumatic arthritis. This type of arthritis affects the cartilage as well by causing it to wear away gradually.

Additionally, posttraumatic arthritis will not necessarily appear right after an injury. Instead, it could take many years to surface after the initial trauma. Furthermore, did you know that arthritis is 7 times more likely to develop in an injured joint than an uninjured one, despite whether or not it is treated properly?


Symptoms of Ankle Arthritis

Just like any injury, symptoms of arthritis can vary depending on the severity, type of arthritis, and the affected joint. Usually pain develops over time, but severe and sudden pain can occur as well.

Below are a list of the typical arthritic symptoms one could experience:

  • Joint swelling
  • Pain during movement
  • Tenderness surrounding the joint
  • Joint warmth or redness
  • Increased pain and swelling after sedentary activities
  • Difficulty walking



Usually, treatment options for arthritis will not involve invasive procedures, such as surgery, which is great! Nobody likes surgery.

Instead, you doctor may suggest the following options to help relieve your arthritis pain:

  • Lifestyle Changes:
    • Participate in low-impact activities, like swimming or cycling, rather than high-impact ones, like running.
    • Lose weight, so that you are applying less stress to the joints.
  • Physical Therapy:
    • Conducting certain exercise can help ease your pain, while increasing your range of motion. However, be sure not to continue exercises that worsen the pain in your foot and ankle.
  • Assisted Devices:
    • This means you can use a cane, ankle brace, or orthotics to help ease your pain and relieve joint stress.
  • Medications:
    • You may need to take anti-inflammatory meds if you are experiencing lots of pain and swelling.
    • In some cases, your doctor may administer a cortisone injection.



Although arthritis can be a pain, it does not need to inhibit your day to day activities. In fact, there are treatment options, as discussed above, that will help alleviate your pain so that you can resume your normal activities!

Don’t let arthritis take over your daily routine! Take control, and invest in treatment options that really make a difference. Ankle support devices can make a positive impact, in addition to the other treatments. So, what are you waiting for? Give these treatment options a try, and you will be feeling pain relief sooner than you think!

All in all, we hope this article helped you determine what type of solutions there are for dealing with your arthritis pain. We hope you are feeling pain free soon!