Arthritis pain is caused by inflammation of a joint. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative or "wear and tear" arthritis, is caused by the breakdown of cushioning cartilage lining the joints. This causes bone-on-bone interaction, leading to inflammation and pain. BioSkin Foot and Ankle Braces are designed to address this problem and alleviate pain. Medical-grade compression and the supportive straps of the brace help to decrease swelling and provide additional support and stability to weakened, damaged joints.